Ex-SSA boss Fraser requests declassification of several documents to clear name

Last year, former head of domestic intelligence, Gibson Njenje, and former head of foreign intelligence, Mo Shaik, implicated Fraser and former President Jacob Zuma in the 2011 shutting down of investigations into the Gupta family.

FILE: Former State Security Agency head Arthur Fraser in Parliament ahead of Scopa meeting on 7 December 2017. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - JOHANNESBURG - Former state intelligence boss Arthur Fraser wants to testify at the state capture commission about several operations, an SABC journalist and the US Department of Defence.

His lawyers have written to the acting director-general of the State Security Agency, Loyiso Jafta, asking him to declassify several documents ahead of his testimony.

Last year, former head of intelligence, Gibson Njenje, and former head of foreign intelligence, Mo Shaik implicated Fraser and former President Jacob Zuma in the 2011 shutting down of investigations into the Gupta family.

"Moloi tshaba ke fete, Yellow Bone, Roundabout, Warrior" - these are just some of the operations that Fraser wants to testify about at the state capture commission, so he wants intelligence documents dating between 2004 and 2019 to be declassified.

Former head of domestic intelligence Njenje said that former State Security Miniser Siyabonga Cwele gave him instructions to abandon investigations into whether the Gupta family had undue influence on Zuma.

It’s still not clear when Fraser will testify at the commission but when he does, he wants to deal with allegations of fraud and corruption involving R600 million that was dished out by what’s been referred to as the Principal Agent Network or PAN.

Njenje testified about instructions from Cwele and Fraser last year.

"He told me that we needed to stop the investigation of Mr Fraser and others of the PAN programme and he said it’s the president’s decision that we stop. He said he thinks that this is going to compromise national security if we go ahead and prosecute."

Fraser also wants copies of all documentation relating to an SABC journalist and the United States of America’s Department of Defence declassified.

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