The mystery surrounding Robert McBride's suspension from the State Security Agency (SSA) is deepening as information emerges that Minister Ayanda Dlodlo had personally approved the "doomed" intelligence operation, which led to the spy boss' suspension.
Dlodlo suspended McBride, head of a foreign branch of the SSA, earlier this month. The agency did not give reasons for McBride's suspension.
However, a week before his suspension, City Press had reported that Mozambican police had arrested four South African spies who were part of an intelligence operation to rescue South Africans trapped in Cabo Delgado. Mozambican police allegedly seized the spies' equipment and passports, accusing them of conducting an illegal espionage operation.