Spy boss steps down

2011-11-30 08:47

Spy boss Jeff Maqetuka has resigned and will be leaving the State Security Agency on Monday.

Intelligence officials were informed today that the resignation letter of the director-general of the State Security Agency has been accepted by State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and President Jacob Zuma.

Cwele’s adviser Dennis Dlomo will be acting in Maqetuka’s place.

Maqetuka will be 60 in January and has opted to retire then, rather than serve out his contract until the end of October.

He has opted to take “special leave” until he retires.

Maqetuka had reportedly been unhappy about the snail’s pace of the restructuring of the agency, which has been dragging on since 2009, and his relations with Cwele had been strained, reportedly over political interference in the agency.

Maqetuka’s departure follows the recent resignation of Gibson Njenje, the head of State Security, the domestic arm of intelligence, over differences with Cwele.

Moe Shaik, the head of the SA Secret Service, the foreign intelligence arm, was also said to be under pressure to resign.

It was reported in October that Cwele had asked Njenje, Maqetuka and Shaik to step down. Cwele at the time confirmed that Njenje had resigned, but it still took a few days after for Njenje to agree to this.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the three spy bosses complained to Zuma about Cwele. They were apparently unhappy about what they alleged were “unauthorised” operations, which included the surveillance of cabinet ministers.

They had concerns about Cwele’s drug dealer wife, Sheryl.

State Security spokesperson Brian Dube could not immediately be reached for comment.

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