JOHANNESBURG - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula called those who were tapping his phone on Monday criminals.
Both the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and Mbalula voiced their fear and anger around the possible tapping of their phones for political reasons.
The outcry comes in the wake of concerns raised around crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's authority to intercept phone conversations and control over the country's VIP security unit which protects cabinet ministers.
Mbalula admitted he had previously worried that his phone was being bugged, but had no confirmation.
Mbalula said if it was being tapped, it would be an unlawful and immoral act.
“If people can tap my phone, they can do anything with that information."
ANCYL also raised its concerns about possible phone tapping.
Ronald Lamola said people are becoming increasingly worried.
“They create an environment of fear and intimidation,” said Lamola. “We want to live freely.”
(Edited by Clare Matthes)