JZ wants Moe Shaik to be new super spy

2009-09-01 08:01

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants Rieaz “Moe” Shaik to be the country’s

new super spy, replacing National Intelligence Agency (NIA) ­director-general

Manala Manzini.

Manzini’s contract lapses tomorrow and he has already been told

that it will not be renewed.

Shaik is the front-runner to replace Manzini as the country’s

intelligence chief, but there are other contenders, so an acting chief spook

might be appointed while the succession is sorted out.

The other major contender is Gibson Njenje, axed ­intelligence head

of operations.

The new incumbent will be responsible for the NIA and South African

Secret Service (SASS) as the country’s spy infrastructure is overhauled to meet

the needs of the new administration.

“The NIA and SASS will soon be combined into one super-spy

structure with Moe at its helm.

“Given the suspicions and high levels of paranoia following the

obvious spy involvement in the dropping of charges against Zuma, it is believed

the current administration wants one body in charge of intelligence for both

efficiency and ease of relations with the presidency,” said a source in the

security cluster privy to ­developments.

Shaik said yesterday: “As of today I have had no offer to take up any post in the intelligence services,” while ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the ANC had not discussed Manzini’s replacement.

City Press understands that Tim Dennis, the director-general of the

SASS, is likely to make way for ­Simon Ntombela.

Zuma plans to appoint him as ­deputy director-general in charge of

all SASS operations – reporting ­directly to Shaik.

Ntombela is reportedly an SASS analyst who ran the Egypt

office.

Zuma has appointed Mthobile “Trinity” Zokwe as executive director

of the strategic National Communications Centre, which houses the interception

centre headed by Brian Koopedi.

Zokwe replaces Loyiso Jafta, who has been seconded to correctional

services to develop awaiting trial guidelines in accordance with a ­cabinet

decision.

Intelligence spokesperson Lorna Daniels confirmed that Manzini’s

contract lapses tomorrow, but did not wish to comment on Manzini’s replacement.

Shaik is a long-time comrade and confidant of Zuma, from the hard

days of the struggle against apartheid when both were involved in ANC

underground intelligence ­activities.

While Shaik is not officially involved with any intelligence

structures, he was ensnared in controversy after he and his former comrade in

Operation Vula – the ANC’s clandestine intelligence operation to infiltrate the

country in the ’80s – Mac Maharaj, claimed that former National Director of

Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka was a spy.

A commission cleared Ngcuka of the allegations.


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