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Calls for Fraser's security clearance to be revoked 'as a matter of urgency'

Calls for Fraser's security clearance to be revoked 'as a matter of urgency'

The Democratic Alliance has called for the Director-General of the State Security Agency (SSA), Arthur Fraser's security clearance to be revoked. 

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen on Monday released a statement, requesting that his security clearance is removed as "a matter of urgency". 

"Fraser’s attempts to frustrate the investigation into his ostensibly criminal conduct by intimidation and diversion are nothing more than desperate attempts to avoid scrutiny at all costs," Steenhuisen said in the statement. 

Steenhuisen's statement also vehemently denied allegations that the DA had laid charges against Fraser after receiving classified information from the Inspector-General of Intelligence (IGI), Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe.

He further denied reports that the information the party used as the basis for the complaint it lodged with the IG last week "in no way arose from the contents of Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers".

Steenhuisen explained that on May 18, 2017, the DA lodged a "formal complaint with the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence in terms of section 7(cA) of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act (40 of 1994)."

The complaint contained a request by the DA to for an investigation into Fraser's involvement with the Principle-Agent Network (PAN) programme, which he initiated and oversaw during his tenure as Deputy Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency from 2007 to 2009.

He also pointed out that in September 2017, the party had also requested that the IGI "expand the scope of his investigation to also probe allegations of Fraser’s potential involvement in a covert unit operating within the SSA targeting political opponents of former President Jacob Zuma in addition to the initial complaint".

Pauw's book was only released in October 2017. 

Steenhuisen added that in November 2017, following the publication of Pauw's allegations, the DA again wrote to the IGI requesting a meeting with the IGI " in order to be provided with an update on the progress of the investigations into Fraser’s ostensibly criminal conduct".

"It is a clear conflict of interest for Fraser to be allowed to frustrate the IGI’s investigation into him," Steenhuisen. 

According to Steenhuisen, revoking Fraser's security clearance was now a matter of urgency for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of State Security, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba address. 

"President Ramaphosa and Minister Letsatsi-Duba must act quickly to protect our national security," Steenhuised urged. 

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