Intelligence body restructured

2009-10-02 16:34

Pretoria - Various South African civilian intelligence structures have been re-organised into a single department, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said in Pretoria on Friday.

"The creation of a single department will centralise command and control of the civilian intelligence structures.

Cwele said the new structure will be known as the State Security Agency (SSA).

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the SA Secret Services, each with their own head of services, will continue to operate in terms of their respective mandates,"said Cwele.

He announced the appointment of Mzuvukile Maqetuka as the director general of the SSA, Mo Shaik as head of SA Secret Services and Gibson Njenje as head of the National Intelligence Agency.

Cwele said Shaik was appointed because of his vast experience in intelligence matters.