Top spy’s appointment comes under review

2012-06-23 16:17

The Inspector-General of Intelligence (IGI) is investigating the appointment of the spy agency’s head of covert operations.

City Press reported three weeks ago that Thulani Dhlomo was appointed head of special operations in the State Security Agency (SSA) despite having been implicated in a multimillion-rand procurement controversy.

The position wasn’t advertised and Dhlomo allegedly told his colleagues that he “only reports to President Zuma”.

A former head of security in the KwaZulu-Natal social development department, Dhlomo resigned after an internal audit appointed by former MEC Meshack Radebe found wrongdoing in the awarding of tenders worth R45 million.

Following the City Press report, Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier wrote to Advocate Faith Radebe, the IGI, requesting an investigation into Dhlomo’s appointment.

“According to the report in City Press, the internal audit reportedly recommended that Mr Dhlomo faces criminal charges.

The internal audit was reportedly launched after a service provider alleged Mr Dhlomo had taken a R1-million bribe and demanded a further R1-million bribe in return for the award of a tender,” Maynier wrote.

He continued to say if the report was correct, “Mr Dhlomo should never have been appointed to the head of covert operations in the SSA”.

Maynier says he was informed by Radebe’s office that they were investigating Dhlomo’s appointment.

Social development spokesperson Vukani Mbhele confirmed that the probe involving Dhlomo had taken place and that they were awaiting a full report from the provincial treasury.

The spokesperson for the KZN treasury, Ntokozo Maphisa, said they were conducting an investigation into “various matters in the department of social development” but that there was no “specific investigation” into Dhlomo individually.

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