President Cyril Ramaphosa's office this weekend released a bombshell report from the high-level review panel at the National Security Board, which provided suspicious evidence of how the SSA was being used to defend the political interests of former President Jacob Zuma and his cronies in the ANC.
The panel was Sydney Mufamadi headed and relied on a variety of documents and interviews with former and current ministers, staff and staff to conduct the review of the SSA.
In essence, the panel tried to answer a simple question, "What the hell happened?"
Here are nine things you need to know about the report:
1. Former President Jacob Zuma and his appointed ministers, including Siyabonga Cwele and David Mahlobo, as well as SSA executives violated the Constitution by allowing them to supervise and allow the spy agency to be redesigned for their own personal and political interests, a trial which started in 2005.
2. The core purpose of the SSA was changed by Zuma, Cwele and others within their group in the ANC since 2009, when Zuma became president. This postponement has been canceled for the purpose foreseen in the Constitution and the legislation.
3. The report identified a widespread misuse of funds that violated regulations and recommended that the Auditor General and the Chief Financial Officer have improved access to financial information and comprehensive forensic investigations to determine who was charged with abuse and / or should be disciplined by funds.
4. Recommendations include the prosecution of employees of Zuma, Cwele, Mahlobo and SSA for obvious disregard of laws regulating the operation of intelligence services and the Constitution.
5. The formation of the SSA by the merger of the National Intelligence Agency and the South African Secret Service was unconstitutional, as it was determined not by law but by a presidential proclamation signed by Zuma.
6. Operations of the SSA Special Operations Arm under Zuma ally Thulani Dlomo, including spying on unions and civil society organizations, establishing a counterfeit union in Marikana, influencing the media and conducting politically motivated projects aimed at disciplinary task force with a view to prosecution.
7. The SSA should be divided into two agencies, each of which is individually and independently targeted at foreign and domestic intelligence services, such as Zuma's "monumental error" in the merger of the NIA and the SSA.
8. The report recommends changes to outdated intelligence laws to restrict their mandates and change the powers and decision-making privileges for ministers and heads of agencies.
9. The SSA has relied too much on the application of secrecy to prevent effective accountability and non-compliance with regulations that include "blatant crime".
– Read the full report Here,
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