Dintwe: SSA boss Fraser threatened me after becoming subject of fraud probe

The State Security Agency director-general is being investigated for allegedly setting up an unlawful intelligence structure as well as awarding tenders to family and friends.

FILE: State Security Agency head Arthur Fraser in Parliament ahead of Scopa meeting on 7 December 2017. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN

PRETORIA – It’s emerged that the Inspector-General of Intelligence has not only asked the courts for protection from State Security Agency boss Arthur Fraser but also for an order declaring the director-general has no authority over the watchdog body.

Setlhomamaru Dintwe has revealed in an affidavit how he has been threatened by Fraser after he became the subject of a fraud and corruption investigation.

Fraser revoked the Inspector-General’s security clearance last month, effectively neutralising its ability to perform its duties.

The director-general is being investigated for allegedly setting up an unlawful intelligence structure as well as awarding tenders to family and friends.

Dintwe wants the court to declare that the State Security Agency director-general has no authority to grant, revise or revoke the security clearance of the Inspector-General of Intelligence.

He further wants several sections in legislation declared unconstitutional and amended, in so far as they permit the DG to interfere with the inspector-general’s security clearance.

The first part of Dintwe’s application, which is expected to be heard next week, is to stop Fraser interfering in his duties.

The inspector-general says that Fraser has revoked his security clearance for no other reason other than to shield himself from investigation.