SSA boss shows ‘abuse of power’

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Politics - HLONI MASHIGO

THE SACP has con­demned what it says ap­pears to be an abuse of state power and un­law­ful con­duct by di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the State Se­cu­rity Agency (SSA), Arthur Fraser.

“Fraser’s at­tempt at frus­trat­ing the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of in­tel­li­gence (IGI), Setl­homa­maru Din­twe, seems to be an act of des­per­a­tion and sab­o­tage,” the SACP said.

“It could as well be pos­si­ble proof of abuse of in­tel­li­gence ser­vices for fac­tional pur­poses as part of the wider cor­po­rate state cap­ture agenda that the SACP was the first to ex­pose.”

The party said Fraser’s be­hav­iour was aimed at forc­ing the IGI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion and abuse of in­tel­li­gence ser­vices at the SSA to be aborted. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it said, made it clear that Fraser was im­pli­cated.

“The SACP wants the IGI to carry out his work with­out fear, favour or in­ter­fer­ence by any per­son.

The party is there­fore call­ing for de­ci­sive ac­tion by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to get to the bot­tom of Fraser’s con­duct and what ac­tu­ally he could be try­ing to con­ceal by hand­i­cap­ping the IGI’s work.”

While the DA’s John Steen­huisen said that the party had in­for­ma­tion “at the DA’s dis­posal which formed the ba­sis of the com­plaints lodged with the IGI, they in no way arose from the con­tents of Jacques Pauw’s book, The Pres­i­dent’s Keep­ers, which was only pub­lished in Oc­to­ber 2017”.

The DA said that it had al­ready writ­ten a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and Min­is­ter of State Se­cu­rity Dipuo Let­satsi-Duba to re­voke Fraser’s se­cu­rity clear­ance as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

Let­satsi-Duba said she was con­cerned with the un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ments, which could af­fect the con­sti­tu­tional and le­gal man­dates of the par­ties con­cerned.

“I there­fore will be tak­ing steps to en­sure that mat­ters of con­cern are dealt with within the pro­vi­sions of the le­gal frame­work gov­ern­ing our en­vi­ron­ment and to en­sure that we main­tain good gov­er­nance, as is ex­pected from us,” Let­satsi-Duba said.

The min­is­ter said that Fraser would be fill­ing a re­spond­ing af­fi­davit in re­spect of the ur­gent mat­ter.

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CALL TO OR­DER: State Se­cu­rity Agency di­rec­tor-gen­eral Arthur Fraser has come under fire from the SACP.

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