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SSA: Our investigations aren’t driven by politics

The SSA's Brian Dube said he couldn't understand why people thought the spy robe was about politics.

FILE: The State Security Agency on Wednesday said people were incorrectly reading into its investigation. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The State Security Agency (SSA) on Wednesday said that people were incorrectly reading into its investigation into claims made on a website that Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela was a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

On Tuesday, Madonsela told Eyewitness News she believed the agency had publicly announced its probe into these claims to create a situation in which president Jacob Zuma could suspend her.

The agency is also investigating EFF leader Julius Malema, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa and former Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Lindiwe Mazibuko.

The agency's Brian Dube said he couldn't understand why so many people claimed this probe was about politics.

"At no stage did we say we are investigating people or persons, so we don't understand where this narrative comes from because we are looking at the information, and the veracity of this information."

He was asked directly if the agency was tapping Madonsela's phones.

"Why would be go into that level of passing communications in phones when we are not looking at her, we are looking at this information."

Madonsela on Tuesday said that this investigation could undermine her office as it could allow people to listen to her confidential information.