Former Chairperson of the High Level Review Panel into the State Security Agency (SSA), Sydney Mufamadi has testified to the State Capture Commission that the panel found that there had been politicisation and factionalisation of the intelligence neighborhood over the past 10 years in contravention of the structure.
The panel was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 to analyze whether or not the SSA was conducting itself as knowledgeable nationwide service.
Mufamadi says the malfeasance the place the intelligence neighborhood was appropriated for factional battles in the African National Congress(ANC), started with a 2009 proclamation by President Jacob Zuma merging the nation’s intelligence companies into the SSA.
“It is difficult for anybody to say if the act of introducing the proclamation is an enabler for wrongdoing and in this instance, wrongdoing ensued after the introduction of the proclamation. It will be difficult for anyone to argue that there is no causal relationship between the two.”
Sydney Mufamadi’s testimony at the State Capture Commission:
Mufamadi says the reinstatement of particular operations inside the SSA in 2011 was stunning given the authorities’s expertise with the (*10*) Agent Network (PAN).
PAN was arrange by Former SSA Director Arthur Fraser and based on former Inspector-General of intelligence Advocate Faith Radebe, the organisation was tasked to conduct unlawful actions with out securing correct authorisation.
It has been claimed by journalist, Jacque Pawu, in his guide, The President’s Keepers, that as much as R1 billion of taxpayers’ money was wasted on the project.
“To the extent where the investigation of PAN was occasioned by a sense that something went wrong, you would expect that the powers that be would be reticent about a repeat of that and when you come up with special operations later you would take care to avoid a repeat of that. But what we saw was a repeat of what we saw in the context of PAN and more serious, manifestly illegal activities,” says Mufamadi.
Sydney Mufamadi is the first witness to testify after the fee went for a break since Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo needed to self-isolate: