DA asks Gauteng high court to set aside Fraser's appointment as prisons boss

DA asks Gauteng high court to set aside Fraser's appointment as prisons boss

- Opposition party, the DA filed papers on Friday to set aside President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Arthur Fraser as National Commissioner of Correctional Services

- The DA say they believe Fraser is unfit to hold the position, and describe him as a deeply compromised individual

- According to reports, the issues about Fraser which are cause for worry are all outlined in Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers

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The Democratic Alliance are not happy about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of former spy boss Arthur Fraser as National Commissioner of Correctional Services and are seeking legal recourse to have the appointment set aside .

Briefly.co.za learned from news reports that the party filed papers on Friday with the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, seeking the immediate setting aside of Fraser’s appointment.

The party issued a statement on Friday in which it argued that Fraser is a deeply compromised individual unfit to hold such a vital position within government.

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The DA further has made claims that Ramaphosa failed to fulfil obligations set out in the country’s constitution when he appointed Fraser in April this year.

“The serious allegations against Fraser include that he operated a secret and parallel intelligence service from his own home while working for the State Security Agency (SSA) and utilised millions of rands of public funds for personal gain,” read the statement.

Many of the allegations and instances named which form the backbone of the DA’s case against Fraser’s appointment are reportedly outlined in the book by journalist, Jacques Pauw, The President’s Keepers.

DA’s federal executive chairman, James Selfe, in his founding affidavit, cited newspaper reports which he hoped would convince the court that Fraser was not an honest person. In the Huffington Post, Fraser was described as a “spy who saved Zuma” amid suggestions that the former president, Jacob Zuma, appointed him as director-general of the SSA out of gratitude.

There are also allegations that Fraser's brother, Barry was involved in the situation through his ownership of a warehouse where more than R20 million was spent to keep some of the 293 cars acquired for spies and their families

Fraser as the kingpin of this network reportedly had its computer installed in his home. However none of the intelligence he and those who worked for him gathered found their way into the NIA’s databases for formal analysis and management, instead remaining with Fraser as the SSA head.

Selfe said all these reports were handed to the Hawks for further investigations and National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution, but nothing happened.

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