PRETORIA: The State Security Agency has announced that its director-general Arthur Fraser is being moved to the department of correctional services.
“The transfer follows consultation between President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Minister of State Security, Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and Mr Fraser on the suitable location of the director-general. The transfer has been agreed upon with Mr Fraser and will be effective with immediate effect,” spokesperson Brian Dube said.
“Loyiso Jafta has been appointed to act as the director-general of the State Security Agency until the appointment process for the post is finalised.”
“The South African Communist Party strongly condemns what appears to be abuse of power and unlawful conduct by Arthur Fraser, the director general of the State Security Agency (SSA),” SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said in a statement on Monday.
Last week Inspector General of Intelligence Setlhomamaru Dintwe took the unusual step of releasing a statement in which he alleged that the SSA director general was trying to scupper his investigation into him. He also lodged a court application challenging the withdrawal of his security clearance. The case will be heard on Thursday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
In his replying affidavit, Fraser hit back and alleged that the investigation into him was politically motivated and that Dintwe shared classified information with political parties, particularly the DA.
The SACP called for “decisive action” to get to the bottom of Fraser’s conduct and “what actually he could be trying to conceal”.
“Fraser’s attempt at frustrating the inspector general of intelligence (IGI), Setlhomamaru Dintwe, seems to be an act of desperation and sabotage,” reads Mashilo’s statement.
“It could as well be possible proof of abuse of intelligence services for factional purposes as part of the wider corporate state capture agenda that the SACP was the first to expose.”
He said Fraser’s conduct came across as “aimed at forcing an abortion of the IGI’s investigations into corruption and abuse of intelligence services at the SSA”.
This moves comes ahead of Inspector General of Intelligence Dintwe’s case before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, asking it to bar Fraser from interfering with his duties.