SSA boss shows ‘abuse of power’
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.
CALL TO ORDER: State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser has come under fire from the SACP.