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Spy boss' eye-popping testimony claims rogue SSA lost billions of rand in assets

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
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Revealed: The State Security Agency (SSA) spent a staggering R9 billion on assets that it "lost" – nearly half the R20 billion the government is now trying to raise to vaccinate South Africans against Covid-19.

The response: "How could you have a government department not be able to account for R9 billion…and I have a suspicion that no heads rolled," a visibly shocked Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo told acting SSA director-general Loyiso Jafta, on day two of the State Capture Inquiry's explosive hearing into South Africa's controversial spy authority.

Redundant: During Jafta's testimony, it emerged that R9 billion had been identified in the Auditor-General's 2017/18 report on SSA as being spent on "redundant assets" that could "not be located by the agency".

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