Amid efforts to fight crimes and corruptions in the country, there are reports that about twenty-two South Africa’s senior crime officials, in charge of counter, security intelligence and national security, do not have valid security clearance certificates.
The above mentioned top officials lack all necessary credentials that would allow them to view top-secret documents containing highly-sensitive information.
Among the twenty-two crime officials lacking these important clearance papers include:
• The head of the secret service account;
• The head of covert intelligence collection;
• The KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, North West and Northern Cape provincial heads;
• The section heads in charge of national security, narcotics, finance, covert collection, Interpol and;
• The section head in charge of the internal audit, evaluation and monitoring.
The list, which was attached to a letter sent to the director general of the State Security Agency (SSA) by then-acting national commissioner Lesetja Mothiba.
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The letter titled “Crime Intelligence: Senior Management Service Members: security clearance” which was seen by News24, referred to an earlier discussion which took place between the acting police commissioner, the acting divisional commissioner of crime intelligence and the Minister of State Security.
Also noted in the letter was the clarification that the list attached was all the senior managers at the rank of major general and brigadier within crime intelligence, both nationally and provincially, who did not have valid security clearance.
In a separate document, fifteen of the senior crime officials whose status ranged from major generals and brigadiers are having their clearance “in progress”, while six others had their status being investigated. Four were listed as being at the polygraph stage and another four were listed at the evaluation phase.
Previous Crime Intelligence commissioner major general Pat Mokushane is listed as being at the evaluation phase in the process, as well as a major-general and brigadier from crime intelligence’s head office.
Meanwhile, the South African security app, Namola, which has been dubbed “Uber for police” is now available to download nationally.
The free app allows users to share their GPS coordinates, name and nature of the emergency with a 24/7 response call centre.
For genuine alerts, police, other emergency responses and citizen responders are then dispatched and monitored.
The app also promises to tackle inefficiencies and alleviate pressures placed on 10111 centres by pre-screening alerts. It does this by pinpointing the users exact location, making it easy for emergency services to find them.
Following an incredibly successful launch, the app now has over 80,000 registered users.