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Arthur Fraser appointed as State Security’s new Director General

State security Minister David Mahlobo has expressed full confidence in Arthur Fraser.

Picture: ssa.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Ministry of State Security has confirmed that Arthur Fraser is its new Director General.

The department says Fraser has previously been the Deputy Director General for operations in the agency.

But it's also been claimed that he's played a role in handing the spy tapes to President Jacob Zuma.

The ministry says Fraser is not new to the intelligence community and was responsible for immigration services at the Home Affairs department.

It also says State Security Minister David Mahlobo has expressed full confidence in Fraser.

But Fraser has also been accused of first supporting former president Thabo Mbeki and then switching his support to now President Zuma.

In 2009, the Mail & Guardian said it believed he had given Zuma the recordings of conversations that were used to withdraw the corruption charges against him.

Two years ago the Sunday Times said the company Fraser ran received millions of rands from contracts with government that didn't go through the correct procedures.

Defending the appointment, the department's Brian Dube says, "If there was anything untoward or that was illegal, I am sure that the relevant authorities would have taken the necessary steps to ensure that was dealt with."