Investigate Zuma's role on spooks - DA

2011-09-18 17:03

Cape Town - The DA is to ask the inspector general of intelligence to investigate whether President Jacob Zuma approved the use of spooks to monitor the activities of his political opponents.

"I will be writing to the inspector general of intelligence, Faith Radebe, to request that she investigate the possible involvement of the president in the abuse of the state security apparatus," Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said in a statement on Sunday.

This followed a request he had made to Radebe last week, asking her to investigate reported abuse of the intelligence services to fight factional battles within the African National Congress.

Since then, reports have indicated that the State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele wanted state security agency head Gibson Njenje to place ANC politicians opposed to President Jacob Zuma under surveillance.

"Minister Cwele reportedly issued his request to Mr Njenje following a ‘threat analysis’ in the ministry’s political stability assessment report."

Cwele’s decision to use the intelligence services for party-political purposes raised a number of questions.

"Did President Zuma himself order Minister Cwele to use the state intelligence apparatus to monitor his political opponents? If not, on whose orders was Minister Cwele acting?" Trollip asked.

It was highly unlikely that Cwele would have made this decision without the president, or other senior ANC leaders, knowing about it.

"The role of the president must therefore be thoroughly interrogated. The inspector general must ensure that the integrity of the state intelligence apparatus is protected, and not merely used as a weapon in the arsenal of a certain political faction" he said.

  • leonard - 2011-09-18 17:21

    Zuma might have given the orders but he is incapable of actually having decided on the course of action.The people pulling his strings are in fact the ones that should be investigated.Another disgrace in the making.

      Robnob - 2011-09-18 17:45

      Agreed, that herd boy doesn't have the intellectual capacity to understand the subject.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-09-18 17:31

    Has the press forgotten that most of our politicians did a stretch on Robben Island - "integrity of the state intelligence apparatus is protected" - an oxymoron of the highest degree ?

  • Ex-employer - 2011-09-18 17:42

    No difference between Zuma and Teflon, nothing you throw at him will stick except if you are caught spilling something. That case was watertight.

      4skin - 2011-09-18 19:03

      shush!! Idiot

      gaharaa - 2011-09-18 19:27

      And whisky logged

  • umlaut - 2011-09-18 20:18

    If this complaint is lodged before the new info control becomes law then zuma can't have this classified and hidden if it is already under investigation.

      Grant - 2011-09-18 20:42

      @umlaut..don't bet on it, he is just making up the rules and appointing cadres to oversee them as suits hi own personal agenda. He may not be too bright but he is very, very devious

  • demonsofhate - 2011-09-19 05:03

    "Did President Zuma himself order Minister Cwele to use the state intelligence apparatus to monitor his political opponents?..." I wouldn't put it past him...

  • Verdade - 2011-09-19 08:47

    This man - shrek showerhead is as slippery as an eel. Without doubt he must have been applying his mind by using the spooks to his advantage.

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