Gungubele spy boss appointment a ‘political chess move in ANC’s faction war’ – DA

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard (Michael Hammond, Gallo Images)

  • The DA has rejected the appointment of Minister Mondli Gungubele as political head of the SSA.
  • The prosecutor is also concerned about Gungubele’s apparent lack of intelligence background.
  • The presidency announced Monday that Gungubele will assume political responsibility for the SSA.

The DA rejected the appointment of minister in the presidency, Mondli Gungubele, as political head of the State Security Service (SSA) as “nothing more than a political chess move”.

The presidency announced Monday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had appointed Gungubele to assume political responsibility for the SSA.

“While we believe urgent action was needed in terms of the lack of intelligence for the catastrophic unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year – and indeed long before that – the DA does not believe that centralizing the SSA under the president is the right thing to do.” is moving,” DA intelligence spokesman Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement.

Kohler Barnard said:

We believe this is nothing more than a political chess move in the ANC’s factional war. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure as leader has effectively been crippled by this strife between ANC factions, at the expense of every soul living in South Africa.

“Establishing his closest ally as the political head of the SSA will only fuel mistrust.”

She said the move made monitoring the SSA extremely difficult.

“If the past 27 years have taught us anything, it’s that the ANC – whoever is at the helm – cannot rule without close oversight.”

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She said that while the prosecutor admitted that Gungubele had an excellent reputation in every way, it seemed that he had virtually no background in intelligence.

He previously served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and served in a variety of provincial capacities. While the star character is sorely missed in the President’s Office, expertise and experience must reign supreme in appointing the person intended to lead the floundering SSA and crime-fighting agency. and defense intelligence units. The alternative leaves an inexperienced minister led by already heavily compromised SSA staff.”

She said Ramaphosa should promote his current intelligence adviser Sydney Mufamadi, who authored the High-Level Review Panel Report on the SSA and chaired that investigation, to minister.

“If it means losing embarrassments like Lindiwe Sisulu, Lindiwe Zulu, Bheki Cele or even 90% of ANC ministers, the country would be in better shape,” Kohler Barnard said.

Mondli Gungubele. (Photo from GCIS)

“South Africa simply cannot afford a veil of secrecy over the SSA. Sadly, that is all the President has achieved here. The fact that he chose to go against the advice of the High-Level Review Panel speaks volumes Especially in light of the approaching ANC election conference, the country is suffocating under the ANC government and finding new ways to hide the bodies to protect cadres and cronies cannot and should not be tolerated.”

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When Ramaphosa shook his cabinet on Aug. 5, he purged the Ministry of State Security, moved then-Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo to the portfolio of public services and administration and said that state security would fall under the presidency.

“This is to ensure that the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services more effectively empower the president to shoulder his responsibilities to ensure the security and integrity of the nation,” Ramaphosa said in his cabinet announcement.

Ramaphosa also appointed Gungubele as minister to the presidency after the position became vacant following the death of Jackson Mthembu.

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