The state security ministry has confirmed the exit of the State Security Agency DG Sonto Kudjoe from the State Security Agency after three years service.
A statement issued on Thursday by Department of State Security spokesperson, Brian Dube, disclosed that Kudjoe’s contract in the ministry was “mutually terminated”.
State Security Minister David Mahlobo also confirmed the development in a statement.
“The contract of the Director-General of the State Security Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe has been terminated by mutual agreement. Amb Kudjoe will pursue opportunities”
Prior to her employment in 2013 as SSA DG, she was a career diplomat; having served as South Africa’s ambassador to Sweden (2002-2006) and Egypt (2006-2010).
State Security Agency DG Sonto Kudjoe also occupied various senior positions at the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco).
Recently, the state security agency was publicly criticized for abusing its powers, especially, as no one has been employed to spearhead the important position of inspector general of intelligence (IGI).
The position of the agency’s IGI was formerly managed by Faith Radebe before her resignation in March 2015. And since she left, Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence has been unable to fill her position with an eligible candidate.
The intelligence agency has gone through a major shake-up in the last three years. This is trailed the dramatic resignation of Kudjoe’s predecessor, Jeff Maqetuka; the head of domestic intelligence Gibson Njenje as well as the head of foreign intelligence Moe Shaik.
Reports had it that the senior officers [who were Zuma’s allies] resigned after they were pressed to swept an investigation of the Gupta family dealings under the carpet.
During her time as SSA DG, Kudjoe was one of the hard voice that slammed EFF’s Julius Malema for his statement about taking up arms against the state.
She argued that Malema has no right to answer ‘commander-in-chief,” as the title exclusively belonged to President Jacob Zuma.