The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday raised concern over the appointment of Mr. Arthur Fraser as the new Director General and Accounting Officer of the State Security Agency (SSA).
Speaking in a statement, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen expressed disappointment that Fraser was appointed the new spy boss without the consent of Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence – who have not met since May.
His appointment, Steenhuisen added, shows Minister David Mhlobo’s unrestrained entrance to the security services without civilian oversight.
The DA chief whip, therefore, said he would meet Parliament intelligence committee chair to dig deep into Fraser’s appointment.
“We must ensure transparency and accountability in South Africa’s intelligence services, and cannot allow the appointment of dubious individuals to compromise its impartiality and independence,” the party said.
FF Plus Worried Over The Appointment Of Mr. Arthur Fraser
Meanwhile, the Front Plus has shared a similar view with the DA. FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald alleged that Fraser’s appointment is a “proof that President Jacob Zuma is still trying to set up personal loyalists in strategic positions”.
The defiant MP admitted that it is no news that Fraser helped in delivering the spy tape to president Zuma. He, however, insisted that SSA should be more concerned about keeping the country safe; rather than “keeping President Zuma in his office”.
On Monday, South African State Security Minister David Mahlobo announced that President Jacob Zuma has appointed Arthur Fraser the new Director General and Accounting Officer of the State Security Agency (SSA).
His appointment came after SAA former boss Sonto Kudjoe left the agency in August.
“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,” the ministry stated.
Fraser is reportedly one of Zuma’s buddies. In 2009, he 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.