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SA spy boss threatens action against rogue staff

David Mahlobo vows to take action against unlawful staff after reports of a special unit within his agency.

New State Security minister David Mahlobo. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister David Mahlobo says he will take strong action if any of his staff break the law following reports of a special unit operating within the state security agency.

Weekend reports claim that 15 people were contracted as agents for the unit, including convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti.

It's understood the unit has been running campaigns to reinstate former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli, discredit Hawks head Anwar Dramat and has been trying to replace South African Revenue Service (SARS) top management.

Mahlobo's spokesperson Brian Dube says the department is not allowed to discuss its intelligence work and operations and can therefore neither confirm nor deny the reports.

"The moment we begin to discuss how our work is fashioned and what operations we conduct and how we conduct our operations defeats the purpose of our work."

It's being reported that among the special operations unit members are police officers, military intelligence agents and some who operated for the apartheid government.

It's alleged the unit works from a house in Pretoria.

Meanwhile, SARS says there have been many attempts in the past to tarnish the integrity of its officials involved in various investigations.

SARS official Johan van Loggerenberg and Pretoria attorney Belinda Walter haven't been available for comment after reports that she admitted to being a spy.

Reports say the information came to light after their relationships apparently turned sour.

SARS has confirmed it does have significant evidence of spying, double agents and those leaking false allegations, trying to discredit its officials.

SARS spokesperson Adrian Lakay says, "We anticipated that attacks like this would come on the integrity of state institutions and some law enforcement agencies."

Loggerenberg has been in charge of investigations into Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and has been working closely with the directorate of priority crime investigations and state security.