Cwele wants to keep spy service clean

2011-09-13 22:36

Cape Town - State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele has told President Jacob Zuma he does not want the intelligence services to be abused.

"I told everybody, including the president, that we want to run a professional intelligence service," he said on Tuesday after a briefing of the international co-operation, trade and security cluster.

Asked whether he could give guarantees that no Cabinet minister had been placed under surveillance, Cwele said this was the intention, but he could not rule out abuses by "rogue elements".

"It is for us to ensure that it is not happening, but if there are rogue elements we cannot say."

He said the department would act against wrongful intelligence gathering.

"We don't tolerate such people," the minister said.


The Sunday press reported at the weekend that there was a breakdown of trust between the minister and the country's three top intelligence officials. This reportedly involved concerns on their part over the abuse of the system for political gain.

According to City Press, Cwele had asked state security agency head Gibson Njenje, the director general of state security Jeff Maqetuka and the head of the secret service, Mo Shaik, to quit, but they refused and sought legal advice.

According to the reports the three had complained to Zuma about Cwele.

Njenje was reportedly unhappy about "unauthorised" operations, including the surveillance of unnamed Cabinet ministers.

Njenje's lawyer subsequently said the domestic intelligence boss had not been asked to step down, but there had been talk of moving him to another post.

Cwele told Sapa he had not been asked to appear before Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence to discuss the reports of strife in the top intelligence structures - but would do so if invited.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-13 22:47

    What!!! I nearly fell of my chair! No comment! LOL.....I need a drink!

      JasunX - 2011-09-13 23:01

      Careful, you might get fired - they're running a "clean professional service" nowadays.

      roboman1 - 2011-09-14 02:38

      Between Cele, Cwele and Zuma we have an interesting triumvirate of leaders, it is enough to frighten even Braveheart. The collective intellectual and ethical capital between those three if expressed in global currency terms would equal 1 Zim dollar

      Donovan Jackson - 2011-09-14 05:09

      "If there are rogue elements we cannot say..." Genius intelligence operative right there. Can you tell when your spouse is trafficking with Nigerians?

      Met - 2011-09-14 06:23

      An intelligence service? You will not find a better example anywhere of an oxymoron.

      Rolie - 2011-09-14 06:39

      "there was a breakdown of trust between the minister and the country's three top intelligence officials" Mo Shaik intelligent??? I don't think so!!

      PB - 2011-09-14 08:52

      He can't even keep his own house (wife) clean, let alone the spy service

      rosemari - 2011-09-14 09:40

      There is no intelligence in any of them they are all in those positions for their own gain. What about the wife of South Africa's intelligence minister that was been arrested on drug-dealing charges and convicted....Siyabona must have known something about it and just kept quiet. ..."SORRY" but I just dont trust any of them

      amos - 2011-09-14 10:54

      What about the VIP protection of criminal? Would that be legit????

  • Sit-hole - 2011-09-13 23:06

    They should spy on schools. Maybe they'll learn something.

      JasunX - 2011-09-13 23:07

      Uhm...learn what? How to ill-treat elders and educators, and get away with it because you're the majority? Schools are pathetic these days.

  • thinker - 2011-09-13 23:07

    Shame they could not even gather the intelligence to protact his wife, not very professional, I agree.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-13 23:38

    Must be a joke! This idiot was not aware of his wife's extra income? Haha -- He shared the money! What a corrupt and incompetent idiot! Add Shaik to the mix,any Shaik will do and Jacob has covered his corrupt backside again

  • Thingamebob - 2011-09-14 06:31

    I love the term....intelligence service. Shabby Shaik...corrupt Cele's wife a smuggler Mo Shaik is a American spy??????? Zuma arms deal and our intelligence service didn't know

  • AdiB - 2011-09-14 06:42

    Yip, just like in the movies when they say "don't worry, you are safe now" and seconds later all hell breaks loose.

  • noitall - 2011-09-14 06:42

    Shake shake shake - shake shake shake - shake your intel - shake your intel. So long as there is a shaik working there I have no hope. If your boss asks you to go - that is not a sign to start looking for a lawyer to save your job, either you save it by hard work and results or you go. Stand up and be counted you whimps - do your job and you wont be asked to leave.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-14 07:01

    HA HA HA HA HA HA.... A non-corrupt service under this oke! That's a laugh. And what a nice little blanket disclaimer: "he could not rule out abuses by "rogue elements". Neatly sets things up to create scapegoats should skullduggery come out. A neat trick.

  • Janine - 2011-09-14 08:10

    Hang on - is this not the same man whose wife has been found guilty of drug offences? Not a very good spy, is he?

  • FaultyZN - 2011-09-14 08:32

    He should keep his wife clean.

  • Jaco - 2011-09-14 08:33

    Professional?? Your wife is a drug dealer and you did (apparently)not know about it. I actually don't have words to describe my frustration with these idiots.

  • Plato - 2011-09-14 08:50

    A very catchy phrase .

  • Badballie - 2011-09-14 09:46

    Cwele as the life partner of a convicted drug trafficker is the first person who needs to step down as he cannot ever be considered an honest person. In fact the entire upper ranks of all of our government. Police and state intelligence agencies.

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