Mbalula, ANCYL angered by phone tapping

Both Fikile Mbalula and the ANC Youth League have voiced their concerns about possible phone tapping.

ANCYL's Deputy President Ronald Lamoma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Both the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday voiced their fear and anger around the possible tapping of phones.

This follows concerns around Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli's authority to intercept telephone conversations.

His control over the country's VIP security unit, which protects cabinet ministers, was also a cause for concern.

ANCYL Deputy President Ronald Lamola said perceptions about the security cluster's destabilisation and ongoing reports on Mdluli are starting to affect the way people live their lives.

"We are now even afraid to phone our wives or to talk to sources through telephones."

Mbalula revealed that he previously thought his phone was being tapped and asked Mdluli to investigate.

"Mdluli came back to me and said no one was listening to your [calls]. Later on, I got a report that I was part of the 'Estcourt meeting', a report compiled by Mdluli."

The minister strongly warned against intercepting phone calls for political purposes rather than criminal investigations.