Report shows Jacob Zuma built his own spy network while in power

Report shows Jacob Zuma built his own spy network while in power

A high-level review panel report on the State Security Agency has revealed that Jacob Zuma established structures within the intelligence service that served him and the African National Congress.

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President Ramaphosa's office published the results of a report on the SSA (State Security Agency) that indicates it was altered to serve Jacob Zuma.

The report also revealed that the structures that were created within the SSA were done irregularly, going against the Constitution.

According to News24, the point of the structures was to serve Zuma personally as well as the ANC.

Zuma merged the South African Secret Service and the National Intelligence Agency, which negatively affected the efficiency of the SSA.

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The report indicates that under Zuma's leadership, the SSA spied on civil society organisations and unions like Casac ( Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution) and Right2Know.

Briefly.co.za learnt that the report also revealed how the SSA influenced the media, conducted illegal intelligence collection operations, created fake Marikana unions and abused funds.

After the revelations were made, the report made suggestions on what to do next.

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This includes a forensic investigation into SSA's finances, changes to financial controls, decentralisation of decision-making powers held by the minister and director-general.

The report further suggests disciplinary action or criminal prosecution of Zuma and SSA bosses and staff who willingly violated laws.

It is also recommended that a task team, as well as a restructuring team, is created to deal with restructuring the two agencies.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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