Fikile Mbalula claims he was being watched, and his suspicions may well be true. The ANC head of elections was named in an anonymous affidavit listing 38 individuals that were spied on between 2015 and 2018.
Fikile Mbalula, ANC head of elections, claims there was a time where rogue intelligence agents spied on him:
“I know I was followed and I was listened to. I know within the state that I can’t wake up and listen to somebody’s phone."
Thus, the former police minister was not surprised by reports of his cellphone being intercepted and surveillance watching over him.
This comes after the emergence of an anonymous affidavit (allegedly written by an ex-spy) detailing claims that cabinet ministers, leaders of organisations external to the state, judges and trade unions were spied on between 2015 and 2018.
The affidavit had named Mbalula as one of the 38 people who were watched. The document had emerged as part of 'whistle-blowing' in June 2018 and had come to light in the report of the review panel into the State Security Agency.
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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the report had detailed the alleged misuse of the agency, both financially and politically.
Mbalula said that he had not known about the affidavit but had been suspicious that he was being watched. He commented that he is pleased the state is dealing with the illicit activities.
“Anything beyond that is rogueness. Those who used the state to undermine the rule of law must face the consequences,” Mbalula said.
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