KZN believed to be a hot-bed for terror activity

2015-02-28 00:00

THE leaked “Spy Cables” have revealed that foreign spy agencies believe KwaZulu-Natal is a hot-bed for terrorist training and activity.

The document trove, being leaked on a daily basis by global 24-hour news channel Al Jazeera, shows paranoia by foreign agencies such as South Korea and Sri Lanka as well as British spooks MI6.

And the leaks, which have worried even seasoned State Security Agency (SSA) operatives who are “finding out by watching television”, have infuriated local cultural non-governmental organisations with strong ties to KZN who are accused of either aiding and abetting foreign spies or helping fund foreign terrorist movements.

Among the most high-profile individuals singled out was Durban-based Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo, whom South Korea viewed as a threat to the security of the G20 Summit hosted in Seoul in 2010.

The Korean authorities requested the SSA “to indicate the security threat against the President of South Africa during the G20 Summit” with specific “security assessments requested” for Naidoo.

In a statement, Naidoo said the organisation “only poses a threat to government and corporations who are ready to sacrifice the welfare of the people to protect the interest of the fossil fuel (oil, coal and gas) industry”.

“If governments want to know what I think, they should save themselves the effort and embarrassment and look at the Greenpeace website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook where my activities are reported,” said Naidoo.

An SSA operative said the leak has left many “in the dark” about what is coming into the public domain.

“It is not nice to have our work in the open. Like any organisation the people that work there have pride in what they do. [These] leaks are ­serious.”

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