New Director General and Accounting Officer of the State Security Agency (SSA); Arthur Fraser has sent words across to President Zuma and South Africans in general following his appointment as South Africa’s new spy boss.
Speaking after the high-ranking position was handed to him, Fraser appreciated the confidence President Zuma showed in him. He also promised to remain committed to “working with the Ministry and the entire membership of the Agency to deliver on the mandate”.
South African State Security Minister David Mahlobo today announced that President Jacob Zuma has appointed Arthur Fraser the new Director General and Accounting Officer of the State Security Agency (SSA).
Arthur Fraser Is Well-rooted On Intelligence Matter
His appointment came after SAA former boss Sonto Kudjoe left the agency in August. The new boss is not green-horned on intelligence matters having served in previous capacities for the government.
“Mr Fraser is not new in the intelligence community‚ having served in various operational capacities that culminated in his appointment as the DDG: Operations in the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
He also served as a DDG in the Department of Home Affairs responsible for Immigration Services. He brings with him immense understanding and knowledge of the intelligence environment; and his astute managerial experience which will help move the organisation forward,” the ministry noted in a statement.
In addition, the ministry said it believed Mr Fraser is equal to the task and will provide the necessary leadership; that will ensure the SSA is able to deliver on its constitutional and legal mandate of upholding national security.
Reports had it that in 2009, Fraser allegedly “rescued” President Jacob Zuma’s political career when he handed the spy tapes to Zuma – the secret recordings which subsequently helped Zuma to escape charges.
In 2014, a company he managed came to light after it reportedly secured government tenders without following due procedures.