State Security Agency needs realignment, Ramaphosa tells Zondo Inquiry

President Cyril Ramaphosa described the agency as a sensitive and important asset to the nation, which he said should be realigned, as in the past, it had been found to be in service of sections of society and a faction in the governing party.

President Cyril Ramaphosa appears at the state capture inquiry on 12 August 2021. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the state capture commission that he’s placed the country’s state security under his wing in a bid to realign it.

Ramaphosa is wrapping up his testimony at the inquiry, chaired by Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, looking into state capture.

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Thursday’s proceedings have largely focused on state security, with the president himself linking the state of the agency to last month’s violence and destruction of property.

Ramaphosa described the agency as a sensitive and important asset to the nation, which he said should be realigned, as in the past, it had been found to be in service of sections of society and a faction in the governing party.

The president also said that some believed that he'd moved the country’s spies under his office to create a super presidency or a dictatorship, arguing that this is not the case.

“All we are seeking to do with this very important entity of government is to realign it, repurpose it. I believe having Dr Mufamadi, somebody who used to be a minister himself in the past but more importantly who headed the high-level panel report, is a great benefit to us,” Ramaphosa.

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