NIA head 'not asked to resign'

2011-09-12 08:42

Johannesburg - National Intelligence Agency head Gibson Njenje has not been asked to resign, his lawyer said on Monday.

"That's not correct," Jeff Bortz told SABC radio news in an interview.

"According to my client there have been discussions between him and the government regarding a possible alternative position for him in government.

"Those discussions have not been finalised and so at the moment, Mr Njenje remains in his position."

Asked whether the relationship between Njenje and State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele was strained, he replied: "At the moment, I would imagine [the relationship] to be normal."


He said the source of weekend media reports on Njenje's resignation was not known.

"One never knows where reports emanate from and how reports come to surface."

Sunday newspapers reported that the ministry had said Njenje had resigned, but the spy chief denied this.

The Sunday Independent quoted him as saying: "I am planning to go to work on Monday. I am in talks with the minister about things that I can't talk about. But I am not aware that I have resigned."

City Press reported that Cwele had asked secret service boss Mo Shaik and the head of the State Security Agency, Jeff Maqetuka, to quit, but said they had refused and sought legal advice.

According to the Sunday Independent, Njenje, Shaik and Maqetuka recently complained to President Jacob Zuma about difficulties in their relationship with Cwele.

Njenje is reported to have been unhappy about "unauthorised" operations that flew in the face of his efforts to ensure that the NIA was not exploited for political purposes.

City Press said he was also unhappy about a decision to grant Cwele's wife Sheryl full intelligence protection throughout her drug trafficking trial.

  • luqmaanj - 2011-09-12 08:51

    The Minister must GO! He has thus far provided NO leadership, and is considered by even junior members to be a lightweight in the intelligence environment.

      Kurt - 2011-09-12 09:00

      as if a real member of the inteeligence community would voice such an opinion here. Pray tell, upon which facts do you base your opinion?

      Neil - 2011-09-12 09:10

      "According to my client there have been discussions between him and the government regarding a possible alternative position for him in government." Typical ANC, instead of taking them to task they shift or promote. Banana Republic... Thank you ANC, you bunch of McDonald clowns!

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-12 09:15

      Well, Kurt, the fact that his wife is a drug dealer and he: either didn't report it or wasn't aware of it i would think should warrant a dismissal of his services. Nothing screams lack of security like the security's own minister's wife being a criminal. Or am i being to harsh on the lil minister here..?

      Nipcat - 2011-09-12 13:58

      @kurt Plus he insisted that his criminal wife get security protection from his department - what makes her more important than any other criminal?

  • tiotudg - 2011-09-12 09:08

    Een of almal lieg deur hulle nekke.

  • Martin - 2011-09-12 09:31

    Get someone 'intelligent' to tell the lies because I cant keep up!

  • David - 2011-09-12 09:32

    How can the National INTELLIGENCE Agency NOT know where the "media reports" came from...? That's the question THEY are supposed to answer. Or do I misinterpret their job in the RSA?

      penada - 2011-09-12 11:25

      i think that is a fair question...but when more than 2 people possess information it becomes a tad difficult to monitor leaks. remember newspapers protect the identity of their sources. similarly american intelligence bodies NSA/CIA/FBI do not always know sources of leaks, on ce castro joked that to get sensitive american info he just has to buy the new york times. but this leaks are what is prompting the government to continue with the info bill

  • Fraudsters - 2011-09-12 09:56

    And he will get a golden handshake. smh

  • Fired-up - 2011-09-12 10:14

    What a circus LOL

  • Vrijheid - 2011-09-12 10:33

    This country is truly run by thugs and criminals, it is time to cut the ANC off scum.

  • Nipcat - 2011-09-12 13:59

    ANC motto - Deny, deny, deny. Then lie. If that doesn't work 'it was taken out of context'.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-12 17:31

    I cannot believe this BS, discussions between the corrupt government for a possible alternative position for the fool Gibson Njenje! He should be dismissed without benefits immediately. After all he's the caretaker of our safety in security in this corrupt country! Just imagine how the foreign security and intelligence agencies are laughing at this! Just having a Shaik in the house should say it all!!

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