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SA spies removed from posts across Africa

According to reports four South African spies were withdrawn within hours of the spy cables being released.

A screengrab the Al Jazeera spy cables. Picture: aljazeera.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The extraction of South African spies from posts across the continent is reportedly being carried out as a matter of urgency by the government following the release of the so-called spy cables.

The Al Jazeera network this week released hundreds of secret documents from the State Security Agency (SSA) operatives as well as other agencies in Iran, Israel, the US and Britain.

Today the City Press is reporting that four South African spies were withdrawn within hours of the cables being released.

But the SSA says this is not true.

According to the City Press South African spies working abroad had their covers blown by the spy cables release last week.

It says there is an urgent withdrawal happening and one of the operatives has been brought back to home from Cameroon.

But the SSA'S spokesperson Brian Dube has denied that anyone has been removed.

State Security Minsiter David Mahlobo this week launched a full investigation into the leak in a bid to establish where it came from.

Earlier, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies said a perceived threat to the Jewish communities in South Africa expired at the end of last year after intelligence agencies brought it to their attention and security was beefed up.

But the board's chairperson Mary Kluk said that was dealt with and there are no further threats that they are aware of.

Kluk added that there's no need for additional security.

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