Sunday World

Former spy boss declines IGI nomination

Muofhe’s future now uncertain

- By George Matlala

Former spy boss Sam Muofhe has turned down a chance to be the inspector-general of intelligen­ce (IGI), fuelling speculatio­n about his future.

Muofhe had served as the head of the domestic branch of the defunct State Security Agency (SSA), which has since been moved to The Presidency in the wake of the July unrest that engulfed Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal.

He had been shortliste­d to the powerful post as head of the watchdog of the country’s intelligen­ce structures, along with the current incumbent Setlhomama­ru Dintwe, ANC veteran Frank Chikane, brigadier-general Phumzile Fongoqa and advocate Jayashree Govender, among others.

An ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Muofhe was credited with ringing in the changes at the SSA during his tenure, often butting heads with former state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

The office of the IGI monitors and investigat­es complaints against SAPS’S crime intelligen­ce division, the SANDF’S defence intelligen­ce division and the SSA.

The IGI is accountabl­e to parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligen­ce and is responsibl­e to the president and relevant ministers.

In a letter to Jerome Maake, the head of parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligen­ce, Muofhe said he could not avail himself for the position of the IGI. “Honourable chairperso­n, I … thank you for the letter you e-mailed me on 3 December 2021, informing me that I am one of the candidates shortliste­d for the position of the inspector-general of intelligen­ce. Chairperso­n, due to personal reasons, I am unable to avail myself for the interviews of the IGI position,” he said.

“I wish the candidates who will be interviewe­d for this crucial position everything of the best in the interviews.”

Muofhe had a long-running battle with Dintwe, who accused him of falsifying his qualificat­ions.

In September, Dintwe cleared Muofhe of the false accusation­s, a year after he told ENCA that he was investigat­ing an anonymous complaint against the spy boss.

Moufhe is suing Dintwe.

Due to personal reasons, I am unable to avail myself for the interviews

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