Security minister says transgressors within the SSA are being dealt with

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State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. (Kopano Tlape)
State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. (Kopano Tlape)
  • State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said wrongdoers within the State Security Agency would be prosecuted.
  • Three suspects were recently arrested and appeared in court on charges of forgery, fraud, corruption, and theft. 
  • Dlodlo said the process to appoint a new agency to probe irregularities would be expedited after law firm Bowmans withdrew. 

State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said she was "encouraged" that intelligence officials involved in wrongdoing were being prosecuted. 

She added a new "service provider" was set to be appointed after News24 this week reported law firm Bowmans had pulled out of investigating wrongdoing at the State Security Agency (SSA). This after what was said to have been internal fighting, jostling over access to documents, and uncertainty over their terms of reference. 

READ | Forensic probe into corruption, fraud at SSA falters as law firm pulls out

Dlodlo, in a statement on Friday, said all reported transgressions were being pursued and all wrongdoing, even by those not mentioned in the testimonies at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, were being investigated and would be prosecuted without fail.

The three suspects who have since been arrested include Thuso Leonard Oesi, 39, who worked in the IT department, and Kgaogelo Bopape, 52, a secretary. They face charges of forgery, fraud, corruption, and theft to the tune of around R1.1 million.

Both suspects have since appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria.

Dlodlo said despite the withdrawal of Bowmans, her office was determined to root out corruption within the SSA.

"I am pleased that we, on our own, have been able to successfully investigate and report some of these corrupt activities in the agency," she added.

Dlodlo said:

The process to appoint a new service provider to conduct these forensic investigations will be expedited so that we do not lose the momentum in our collaboration with law enforcement agencies such as the Hawks in these investigations.

The SSA has come under the spotlight at the state capture inquiry, with damning testimonies from employees within the agency, revealing how political interference and corruption had infiltrated it.

The agency was recently plagued by yet another scandal that saw about more than R1 million being stolen from its coffers. 
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