SACP: 'rogue unit' within SA's intelligence services is real

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it has identified the existence of a rouge unit within the country's intelligence institutions.

I am confirming that the SACP has identified the existence of a real rogue unit. SACP has taken the first step with dealing with that problem.

Alex Mashilo, SACP spokesperson

SACP's Alex Mashilo has warned against the abuse of state organs, particularly the security establishment.

According to Mashilo, a rogue unit has been operating within South Africa's intelligence services in order to serve political interests.

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He says the party has taken the matter up with the Inspector-General of Intelligence and other institutions and will make an announcement in due course.

Mashilo warns that the factionalisation of operations within security institutions is very dangerous for the country.

There are clearly factional operations within security institutions, relating to positions of leadership in the movement and in the county.

Alex Mashilo, SACP spokesperson

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He says the Inspector-General of Intelligence is investigating several matters linked to the abuse of state security and intelligence services.

They are used in party political battles to follow individuals instead of safeguarding state security.

Alex Mashilo, SACP spokesperson

It is very wrong for state security or rogue units to be established to invasively follow comrades who express a different view. It is very wrong to manufacture intelligence.

Alex Mashilo, SACP spokesperson

SACP's Solly Mapaila revealed that he sent an affidavit to the Inspector-General of Intelligence to investigate the legitimacy of the intelligence report allegedly used by President Jacob Zuma in his Cabinet reshuffle.

A suspected gunman apparently attempted to kill Mapaila in April and it has emerged that a man among the group who threatened him outside his home in May was also armed.

Mashilo discussed the ongoing investigation, the importance of following rule of law and why South Africa's democracy is in danger.

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