Johannesburg - Former state security minister David Mahlobo has shrugged off calls for action to be taken against him in the wake of a report which found that the State Security Agency (SSA) was looted and used in ANC factional fights.
On Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the publication of the report of the high-level review panel on the SSA that he appointed in June 2018 to assess the integrity of the agency.
“A key finding of the panel is that there has been political malpurposing and factionalisation of the intelligence community over the past decade or more that has resulted in an almost complete disregard for the Constitution, policy, legislation, and other prescripts,” the Presidency said.
The report was redacted for public consumption in view of the fact that the full report contained the names and identities of persons who could not be named at this point, as well as details of operational matters that would compromise the work of the SSA, the Presidency said.
DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said on Sunday while the report did not specifically name those implicated, by looking at periods of tenure in the report it was clear former state security ministers Siyabonga Cwele and Mahlobo were complicit in “executive overspill”.