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The DA says it will ask the Inspector-General of Intelligence to investigate the accusation that local opponents to the Protection of State Information Bill are the paid “proxies” of foreign spies.
State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele made the claim when he addressed the National Assembly on November 16, when the bill was approved by the National Assembly.
Now before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the bill is still the subject of controversy and protest.
Provincial public hearings, to be held in all nine provinces, will get under way this week and will continue until March.
Briefing the NCOP ad hoc committee processing the bill last week, Cwele suggested he had been misquoted, or misinterpreted, when asked about his statement. However, both Hansard and a copy of his speech showed he was quoted accurately.
Cwele has not answered questions about his claim, including whether he has evidence in support of it. He has also not said whether he was referring to the Right2Know campaign or not and whether the campaign – or any its members – was under surveillance by state intelligence agents.
Alf Lees, a DA NCOP member for KwaZulu-Natal, said he would be writing to the Inspector-General (IG) of Intelligence, advocate Faith Radebe, to ask that her office investigate Cwele’s “comments and (their) implications”.
“It is imperative that the IG establish whether Minister Cwele instructed the intelligence services to monitor any individuals or organisations opposed to the bill, and the reasons for such surveillance.
“Her office should also determine whether the minister has any knowledge of such surveillance or is receiving any intelligence reports in this regard,” Lees said.
“Given the seriousness of the minister’s comments, the IG must also investigate the conduct of the intelligence services and establish whether any individuals or organisations opposed to the ‘Secrecy Bill’, for example the Right2Know campaign, were or are under surveillance, on what grounds and the purposes thereof.”
Cwele’s spokesman, Brian Dube, was not immediately available for comment.
Confirming Im paid by foreign spies.
Yes, lets not forget his drug dealing wife. Makes you think doesnt it? Wipe your own doorstep clean, Cwele. Cant believe he knew nothing either.
Russell Travers, wrote
Now this great ANC mind seems to know things about our 'enemies'. How can we believe a word of what he says when, closer to home, he does not even know what his wife is doing, associating and dealing with a Nigerian drug cartel? With that and other things taken into account - the arms deal scandal, the Zuma case dismissal, the collapse of Limpopo province as immediate examples amongst all the other signs of decay, intransigence, thievery, outright fraud and corruption - all perpetrated by the ANC against our nation it would be fair and accurate to state that the greatest danger to our country does actually exist within our borders. This terminal threat and vast insidious peril is actually the ANC itself. They have become the biggest threat to open democracy and good clean government since the fall of that other great evil Apartheid. Their smug and conceited utterances will continue right up to the moment they are unceremoniously turfed, wholly without dignity or an honest bone in it's body from power. They certainly do not deserve to govern and as every day passes they lose more of their mandate to the sort of idiocy we have become accustomed to. Dump these losers!
This is becoming like a police state where the ruling party are able to do as they like. We need a strong opposition, otherwise we will all be under an evil yoke of dictatorship. DA DA DA Viva DA
Joe Public, wrote
Sigh. Another village somewhere is short of an idiot.
Typical! I say what I want and make the wildest statements, but when I get caught out, "I was misquoted"
Good for you, Alf Lees of the DA. Put the heat on that lying Goebbels. How dare he make wild accusations in Parliament, which are on Hansard, and then claim that he was misquoted? Intelligent is as intelligent does .... and in this case there's only self-regarding wiliness.
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