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Arthur Fraser’s redeployment causes controversy

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The redeployment of the former Director-General of the State Security Agency, Arthur Fraser, has re-ignited calls for the professionalisation of the secret service.

Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa transferred Fraser to the Department of Correctional Services following claims by the Inspector-General of Intelligence that he was involved in corruption and interfering with his duties.

Inspector General of Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, has approached the Pretoria High Court to bar Fraser from interfering with his functions. However, Dintwe’s application was not heard in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday as scheduled.

He has been investigating Fraser following a formal complaint lodged by the DA over the director general’s involvement in an alleged parallel intelligence network.

“We are coming from former Apartheid days when intelligence were abused. We are still going through the process of making sure that we professionalise the system. That’s why its important for the office of the Inspector-General to be adequately resourced to be able to carry out its oversight to ensure that we develop an intelligence system which people can have a confidence in,” says Former Inspector-General of Intelligence Zolile Ngcakani.

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