DA wants NIA resignation letter

2011-09-11 22:49

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance asked State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele for a copy of national intelligence agency head Gibson Njenje's resignation letter on Sunday, following reports that Njenje had been forced out of his post.

The party's Dirk Stubbe said he had asked the minister "to fully explain what is going on" in the department.

"If Mr Njenje has indeed resigned, he must go quietly so that the department can get on with its job of protecting state security.

"If Mr Njenje has not resigned, then the minister is lying and it is he who should resign," Stubbe said, adding that a copy of the resignation letter would resolve the impasse.

Stubbe said he would also ask Cwele to explain allegations of illegal surveillance of ministers and reports that the ANC Youth League had "unfettered" access to state security information.

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 difficulty 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 is 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.

  • McFreak - 2011-09-11 23:12

    "The ANCYL had unfettered access to national intelligence ??!!???" What is going on? So Julius REALLY does run the country? There is a huge storm ahead for those of us who stoically believe in the rule of law, the system and the future of our country.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-11 23:21

      I hope you are wrong... But it seems like Zuma really is trying his hardest to cause chaos within an atmosphere of sorting out his buds. Cwele, Cele & Mahlangu-Nkabinde should be fired. Not reassigned but fired. I can't objectively see why they haven't. Only Zuma can and he is sticking to his pathetic appointments.

  • umlaut - 2011-09-12 07:09

    "Stubbe said he would also ask Cwele to explain allegations of illegal surveillance of ministers and reports that the ANC Youth League had "unfettered" access to state security information." This will partly explain why the anc is so anxious to have the control of information law-- malema is probably threatening the anc to expose all he knows and they want to classify it and if journalists are to report on it they will go to jail. If the ancyl has got unfettered access then Cwele is in very big trouble. This country with the anc is spending more time on sorting out corruption problems than sorting out aspects for the positive growth of the country. No wonder all the departments except for the gravy train department (the only anc success story) is heading down under or are already there. (We are also heading down under but to a place with law and order)

      LuCypher - 2011-09-12 08:01

      I have absolutely no doubt that your suspicions are correct - Malema has got dirt on some senior anc politicians. The ball is in play and we will watch and wait in dismal hope . . . No good will come of this mess, that's for sure.

  • Martin - 2011-09-12 07:09

    This country is run like the f#cking Mafia.

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-12 08:23

    National intelligence? What a laugh.

  • DW - 2011-09-12 09:05

    I understood that Cwele and his wife were estranged. In all the demands from people on this forum that he should resign, I said that it is reasonable and possible he was unaware of her drug running. However this kind of casts a different light on things - so he was ensuring that she had state protection (to which she was not entitled) during the run up to her trial? Makes you wonder how "estranged" they are. And then, if he supported her in this way, what else did he know?

  • SCAM - 2011-09-12 11:36

    Mo Shaik Secret Service Boss,what???Wow corrupt names are flying out of the hat.

  • Voyager - 2011-09-12 12:07

    The rabid dog is turning on itself! Interesting! Phansi cANCer, phansi!

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