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WATCH | Former foreign intelligence head Mo Shaik continues testimony at Zondo commission

26 November, 10:36 AM

Former foreign intelligence head Rieaz "Mo" Shaik is expected to continue his testimony at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Tuesday.

On Monday, Shaik told the commission that he never truly believed in the role of a minister of intelligence.

"I know this is a career-limiting thing to say, but I never truly believed in the role of a minister of intelligence.

"Having to report to a minister, I knew it would provide the basis for conflict. My understanding is that the minister should not direct intelligence services. This made it uncomfortable for me to report to a minister - the preference would be to go to a president," he said.

Shaik was giving testimony relating to the activities of state security officials.

Shaik, who has an extensive history in intelligence, was appointed in 2009 as the head of foreign intelligence under then-minister of intelligence, Siyabonga Cwele.

The intelligence portfolio later became the State Security Agency (SSA).

Stream courtesy of SABC.

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