Arthur Fraser to Ramaphosa: “Mr President, you have been lied to”

Arthur Fraser to Ramaphosa: “Mr President, you have been lied to”

- Former SSA boss, Arthur Fraser, says that the report given to Ramaphosa concerning the intelligence agencies is flawed

- He accused the report of being prejudiced and partisan.

- Fraser added that the report dismissed facts which did not confirm its preconceived ideas

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Arthur Fraser, the former State Security Agency director, claims that a high-level review panel misled President Ramaphosa.

The report, which was released in March last year, examined the current state of South Africa's intelligence agencies.

Fraser maintains that it presents an inaccurate picture of the agencies, as well as the corruption and abuses that plague them.

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Fraser claims that the report had numerous shortcomings. For example, he said that the panel rejected any facts that clashed with its preconceived notions, according to News24.

He went on to acknowledge that the SSA faced multiple challenges, such as a lack of skilled employees and an inadequate vetting process, but said that he had tried to resolve these while working for the agency, has gathered.

Additionally, Fraser claims that apartheid era spies had infiltrated the intelligence services and were responsible for some of the problems at those institutions.

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Fraser also claims that the panel which produced the report was biased and heavily partisan. For instance, the report draws a link between ANC factionalism and the politicisation of the intelligence agencies.

Fraser dismisses this claim, arguing that it is driven more by a political agenda than by the actual facts.

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