The Citizen (Gauteng)
‘Nepotism, graft’ dominated spooks
INQUIRY: LITANY OF SERIOUS WRONGDOINGS REVEALED
It was turned into employment agency for politically connected – Dintwe.
Suitcases full of money, millions siphoned off via fictitious claims and procurement of non-existent gadgets marked the large-scale looting at the State Security Agency (SSA) – a cash cow for operatives at SSA, which resembled an employment agency for the politically-connected, the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture heard yesterday.
Dropping bombshells during his testimony before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, SSA Inspector-General of Intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe made startling revelations on the agency troubled by malfeasance, corruption and nepotism. He lifted the lid on how:
Intelligence Minister Ayanda Dlodlo irregularly approved the appointment of 26 officials to management positions.
Operatives pocketed millions from the police crime intelligence (CI) budget for non-existent IT and surveillance gadgets.
Bongani Mbindwane, former political advisor to then police minister Fikile Mbalula, plotted to divert CI money to fund ANC factions buying votes at the 2017 Nasrec national conference.
An operative claimed €200 000 (about R3.4 million) to pay “a source” without signature or receipt produced.
Money was stolen by officials, with a member of the VIP protection unit who travelled with former intelligence minister David Mahlobo being paid R9 million in claims over three years.
Said Dintwe: “In the case of the appointment of the 26 managers, a block motivation submission was written, with no posts advertised, selection panel in place or interviews conducted. The 26 constituted irregular promotions in SSA, with the minister having approved the appointments.
“The majority of those appointed were connected to the previous management headed by Arthur Fraser – people implicated in the Principal Agent Network1 report by the then Inspector-General of Intelligence, Faith Radebe.”
Dintwe said nepotism and corruption was dominant. “SSA has been turned into an employment agency for the politically connected.”
He said huge amounts of money was stolen and stuffed in suitcases “with no one held accountable”. He cited Mbindwane’s plot to defraud CI by “purchasing” a phone signal grabber at R45 million each, with the money intended to buy votes at the ANC conference. –