The State Security Agency (SSA) has refuted allegations that it would protect “criminal networks” that allegedly looted R1.5 billion from the agency between 2008 and 2018.
This denial comes in response to a News24 report that investigations into the alleged looting have failed while those responsible were still in their posts.
The SSA released a statement Monday declaring the reports untrue and unfounded.
The news outlet had reported that despite several attempts to dismantle and expel the agency’s extensive corruption, criminal networks “remain firmly entrenched, mainly thanks to former minister Ayanda Dlodlo†
The report suggests that when Dlodlo became Minister of State Security in 2019, she “lifted the suspensions of several senior executives and revoked the dismissal of a number of employees accused of large-scale fraud, money laundering and corruption”.
These allegations have been refuted.
“The Agency would like to record that the decision to lift the suspension of some members and reinstate them was procedurally taken with no intention of entrenching the alleged ‘criminal networks’,” the agency said.
According to the acting director general of the SSA, Gab Msimang’s, the decision was made after it was discovered that the suspension period for the suspended individuals had expired.
“The Intelligence Services Regulations of 2014 stipulate that a member may not be suspended for more than 18 months without being charged and most of these people were suspended for longer than the regulated period,” Msimang said.
“The Agency therefore made the right decision to reinstate these members, as it violated its own regulations.”
The agency said it was fully aware that some of the members who were reinstated were still facing corruption charges.
It said it has since launched an investigation conducted by a forensic investigation firm at the agency and the investigation of the members involved is underway.
“It is therefore incorrect to say that the investigations launched to investigate corruption have ‘got out of control’, in fact they have intensified as the agency is now working very closely with the Investigative Directorate of the National Prosecutor’s Office to to follow up and prosecute them. business,” said Msimang.