Zuma Reacts to Intelligence Agency Manipulation Accusations

ZumaFormer South African president Jacob Zuma
Former South African president Jacob Zuma

Former South African president Jacob Zuma said a panel review, which found him making use of the intelligence service to fight political battles and spy on President Cyril Ramaphosa, failed to get his views during the probe.

At the weekend, Ramaphosa released a report by a high-level review panel on the State Security Agency which stated that intelligence was used to fight factional battles in the past ten years. The report said that there’s been political malpurposing and fractionation of the intelligence community over the past decade that resulted in an “almost complete disregard for the constitution, policy and legislation.”

The report also said that leading up to the ANC’s 2017 elective conference, intelligence service was used to spy on Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa was elected as the president in the conference.

Responding to the accusation, Zuma said “I have never been asked any questions by this committee. This committee has two well-known Apartheid spies.” “I feel nothing when apartheid spies call me corrupt. I hope people are not opening a can of worms which they might regret,” he said. He did not specify the two “apartheid spies” though. The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Monday urged Ramaphosa to take actions against those implicated in the report.

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