Mahlobo: SSA suffering because it was formed by people with different interests

Mahlobo said some agents worked for the apartheid regime while others worked for liberation movements.

FILE: David Mahlobo. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Former State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Friday said the State Security Agency (SSA) still suffered because it was formed with people who did not see eye to eye.

Mahlobo said some agents worked for the apartheid regime while others worked for liberation movements.

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Mahlobo said the agency needed reform because its officials did things to each other but they were never resolved.

“Even today, the people who worked for the apartheid security forces are there and there are other people who are from liberation movements who are also there and are trained in a particular way.”

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Mahlobo said intelligence agencies could install and remove governments and they could even recruit presidents and ministers to sell information about their own countries.

He said for South Africa, intelligence prioritised threats including violent protests, territorial integrity and economic threats like corruption.

But Mahlobo said anyone could be recruited to gather information: “They can even recruit a minister, a president or a judge or parliamentarian - as long as you know what kind of information and influence you need. Even today, there are countries and governments that have collapsed because of the work of intelligence foreign services.”

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