Tension between SSA boss and Inspector General, a much needed development

The Inspector-General of Intelligence, Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, has accused State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser of threatening him, obstructing his office and undermining investigations against him.

The allegation stems from a complaint lodged by the DA, accusing Fraser of running a parallel security agency network from his home.

The DA's Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says a lot of money was injected into the project, setting up infrastructure and buying specialised vehicles and equipment.

He says somehow the investigation into the project was buried and Fraser was allowed to return to the State Security Agency during Jacob Zuma's tenure.

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Today we have a person with very serious allegations, in fact as a result of some reports, a criminal charge was recommended to be laid but it was never done. Further investigation was required by the Hawks and South African Police Service but it was never done.

John Steenhuisen, DA chief Whip

It is very clear now that the intelligence that Fraser and Principal Agent Network gathered was used for political purposes and not for the interest of the South African state.

John Steenhuisen, DA chief Whip

Professor of Journalism from the Department of Journalism at University of Johannesburg, Jane Duncan these allegation come as no surprise.

She explains why she thinks the tension and conflict between Fraser and Inspector General Dintwe is a good development.

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I don't think there's ever been a time in recent history where the office of Inspector General is more needed than it is now. It good to see that this particular Inspector is standing out and doing his constitutional duty...

Jane Duncan, Professor of Journalism at Dept of Journalism, University of Johannesburg

She adds that it would come as no surprise if Jacob Zuma were linked to the setting up of the parallel security given his history while in exile.

It served a particular purpose of being linked with the intelligence for political purposes but it also allows the professional aspect of the intelligence agency to be run down...

Jane Duncan, Professor of Journalism at Dept of Journalism, University of Johannesburg

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