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30 October 2020 - NW2224

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether the State Security Agency has the forensic capabilities to conduct lifestyle audits of the (a) Executive Councils of (i) the Eastern Cape, (ii) Gauteng and (iii) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) senior officials in each specified province; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The State Security Agency possess partial forensic capabilities to conduct lifestyle audits and where there is a lack, collaborate with other organs of state such as the South African Police Services (SAPS), Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), e.t.c. to compensate the discrepancy.

The lifestyle audit framework currently at the drafting stages will, once completed, lay a foundation of the requisite capabilities to conduct a lifestyle audit.

30 October 2020 - NW2369

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report on the (a) impact on the work of the civilian intelligence agencies of the amalgamation of the previous services into one agency and the appropriateness of the change, (b) appropriateness of the current structure of the agency to its core mandates and to effective command, control and accountability, (c) mandate and capacity of the State Security Agency (SSA) and to examine the compatibility of its structure in relation to this mandate, (d) effectiveness of controls to ensure accountability and (e) institutional culture, morale, systems and capacity to deliver on the mandate; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

All the matters raised above by the Honourable Member of Parliament have extensively been dealt with in the Findings and Recommendations of the High-Level Review Panel, particularly as outlined in Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 of the High-Level Review Panel’s Report. These matters therefore do not require additional investigation as doing so would duplicate the work done by the Panel. The Honourable Member is also reminded that the President of the Republic, HE President MC Ramaphosa, accepted the High-Level Review Panel report with all its findings and recommendations.

Processes such as drafting of a new legislative framework and the review of internal departmental regulatory processes have been initiated to address the implementation of the recommendations and these are at various degrees of development and implementation. Some of the recommendations in relation to capacity, etc., are however dependent on the finalisation of a new legislative framework.

30 October 2020 - NW2225

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department commissioned the recent lifestyle audits of the (a) Members of the Executive Councils of (i) the Eastern Cape, (ii) Gauteng and (iii) KwaZulu-Natal and (b) senior officials in each specified province; if so, (2) Whether she will make the findings of the lifestyle audits available to the public; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the State Security Agency was approached by the aforesaid provincial governments to conduct lifestyle audits of the members of the respective Executive Councils.

2. Reports of the lifestyle audits will be submitted to the respective provincial government, which will decide whether or not to make them available to the public.

30 October 2020 - NW2370

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report produced on the involvement of members of the Executive in intelligence operations and measures to prevent this; if so, (a) which members of the national Executive exceeded their mandate in this regard and (b) what consequences have they faced; (2) whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report produced on the policy framework including legislation that governs operational activities conducted by members of the national Executive; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report produced on the development of guidelines that will enable members to report a manifestly illegal order as envisaged in section 199(6) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report produced on the effectiveness of (a) Training and Development Programmes in capacitating members of the Agency and (b) intelligence and counter-intelligence coordination within the Agency and between the agency and other South African intelligence entities and the capacity and role of the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee in this regard; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (5) whether, in relation to the recommendations of the High-level Review Panel into the State Security Agency, there has been an investigation into and a report produced on the effectiveness and appropriateness of the existing oversight mechanisms in ensuring accountability and transparency; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes. Investigations have been instituted. These investigations are on going.

(2) The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa prohibts involvement of the Members of the Executive into the intelligence operations of the State Security Agency (SSA). Furthermore, the existing National Strategic Intelligence Act (Act 39 of 1994) and Operational Directives of the SSA also prohits involvement of the Members of the Executive into the intelligence operations.

Both the National Strategic Intelligence Act (Act 39 of 1994) and the Intelligence Services Act (Act 65 of 2002) are under review for amendment as part of the intelligence reforms recommended by the High-level Review Panel.

(3) Review of Operational Directives and Standard Operational Procedure is a work in progress. The review seeks to amongst others enable SSA Members to report manifestly illegal order. Furthermore, a process on Amendments to Regulations is currently underway, the Regulations will strengthen accountability and good governance of the Members.

(4) The Intelligence Academy is in a process of reviewing its training programmes with a view to adequately capacitate Members of the intelligence community. Furthermore, the intelligence amendments currently underway seeks to improve coordination of intellligence and counter intelligence.

(5) The Reports are instrumental in the reform and the legislative amendments, aimed at strengthen the oversight structures. The legislative amendments will be submitted to Parliament for consideration, inputs and processing.

30 October 2020 - NW2174

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Marawu, Ms TL to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether, based on Mr Edwin Sodi’s recent testimony at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, which implicated her Deputy Minister as a beneficiary of Mr Sodi’s company, her Deputy Minister declared the funds he had received in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998, to the Registrar of Members’ Interest in Parliament; if not, what (a) total number of contracts have been awarded to Mr Sodi’s company under his leadership in his current executive position and (b) is the monetary value of each specified contract so awarded?

Reply:

The Deputy Minister has submitted a Reply in this regard to the Parliament Office of the African Transformation Movement (ATM)

30 October 2020 - NW2128

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether the recently commissioned lifestyle audits to be conducted on the (a) Executive Council members of the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and (b) senior officials in the specified provincial governments, fall within the competence of the State Security Agency; if so, (i) which legislation governs the conducting of such lifestyle audits and (ii) what (aa) exactly will the specified lifestyle audits entail and (bb) is the aim of the lifestyle audits?

Reply:

(i) The conducting of lifestyle audits are implied in the legal prescripts such as those, among others, that govern the enforcement of the provisions in the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998 (Act 121 of 1998)(POCA) and the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act 12 of 2004)(PRECCA) by law enforcement agencies, as well as the conducting of vetting by the State Security Agency (SSA).

The SSA is mandated in terms of section 2(1)(b) of the National Strategic Intelligence Act, 1994 (Act 39 of 1994)(NSIA) to fulfil the national counter-intelligence responsibilities and for this purpose to conduct and co-ordinate counter-intelligence and to gather, correlate, evaluate, analyse and interpret information regarding counter-intelligence in order to-

(i) identify any threat or potential threat to the security of the Republic or its people;

(ii) inform the President of any such threat;

(iii) supply (where necessary) intelligence relating to any such threat to the South African Police Service for the purposes of investigating any offence or alleged offence; and

(iv) supply intelligence relating to any such threat to the Department of Home Affairs for the purposes of fulfilment of any immigration function;

(v) supply intelligence relating to any such threat to any other department of State for the purposes of fulfilment of its departmental functions; and

(vi) supply intelligence relating to national strategic intelligence to the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee (NICOC).

The performance of vetting investigations falls squarely within the definition of counter-intelligence in section 1 of the NSIA. Section 2A of the NSIA empowers the SSA to conduct vetting investigations to determine the security competence of a person, if such a person-

(a) is employed by or is an applicant to an organ of state; or

(b) is rendering a service or has given notice of intention to render a service to an organ of state, which service may-

(i) give him or her access to classified information and intelligence in the possession of the organ of state; or

(ii) give him or her access to areas designated national key points in terms of the National Key Points Act, 1980 (Act 102 of 1980).

“Security competence” is defined in section 1 of the NSIA to mean a person's ability to act in such a manner that he or she does not cause classified information or material to fall into unauthorised hands, thereby harming or endangering the security or interests of the State, and is measured against a person's-

(a) susceptibility to extortion or blackmail;

(b) amenability to bribes and susceptibility to being compromised due to his or her behaviour; and

(c) loyalty to the State and the relevant institution”.

Furthermore, the legislative and regulatory framework governing members of the Executive, and the Public Service provides for reporting, mandatory disclosure of financial interests and conflicts of interest, and the referral of cases of non-disclosure, which enable the institutionalisation of lifestyle audits. Where obligations are stipulated in legislation, regulations and Codes of Conduct governing the aforementioned persons, placing a duty on them to disclose personal financial interests and conflicts of interests, misconduct proceedings should be instituted against them for:

(i) failing to disclose personal financial interests or conflicts of interest; or

(ii) making incomplete, incorrect or misleading disclosures of personal financial interests and conflicts of interests.

There are concomitant legal implications for breaches of the relevant legislative and regulatory provisions and Codes of Conduct.

In addition, the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act 1 of 1999)(PFMA) sets the framework for accountable financial administration in the public service. Legislative imperatives on Risk Management that deal specifically with the financial and fraud risk categories are contained in sections 38 to 42 of the PFMA and regulation 3 of the Treasury Regulations, 2005. Section 38(1)(a)(i) of the PFMA requires the all departments, trading entities and constitutional institutions have and maintain effective, efficient and transparent systems of financial and risk management and internal control. Risk management processes, responsibilities and punitive measures for non-compliance are incorporated into the responsibilities of Accounting Officers and Audit Committees, and by extension to all Managers in terms of the provisions of section 45 of the PFMA. Regulation 3.2.1 of the Treasury Regulations requires that:

“The Accounting Officer must facilitate a risk assessment to determine the material risks to which the institution may be exposed and to evaluate the strategy for managing these risks. Such strategy must include a fraud prevention plan. The strategy must be used to direct internal audit effort and priority, and to determine the skills required to manage these risks.”

The internal audit unit must in accordance with regulation 3.2.7 of the Treasury Regulations prepare, in consultation with and for the approval of the audit committee, a rolling three-year strategic internal audit plan based on its assessment of key areas of risk for the institution, having regard to its current operations, those proposed in its strategic plan and its risk management strategy.

Hence, implementing lifestyle audits forms part of a risk management system and strategy, aimed at identifying risks related to unethical conduct, corruption and fraud.

(ii)

(aa) Lifestyle audits are a critical a critical assessment by means of an amalgamation of a variety of information sources in order to compare the subject’s lifestyle with his/her declared income streams. In essence, it is a test to determine whether wealth is commensurate to income.

During vetting investigations, the SSA in terms of the NSIA (section 2A (5), (5A) and (6)), may in the prescribed manner gather information relating to-

(a) criminal records;

(b) financial records;

(c) personal information; or

(d) any other information which is relevant to determine the security clearance of a person:

Provided that where the gathering of information contemplated in paragraphs (c) and (d) requires the interception and monitoring of the communication of such a person, the relevant members shall perform this function in accordance with RICA. Vetting Field Work Units within departments of State may, on request by the SSA, assist the SSA in gathering the information. The head of the SSA or any officials delegated by him or her in writing may, after evaluating the information gathered during the vetting investigation, issue, degrade, withdraw or refuse to grant a security clearance.

In addition, it should be noted that legislative provisions that affect the employee–employer relationship must be considered when conducting lifestyle audits, particularly the Constitution; the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act 75 of 1997); the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act 66 of 1995)(LRA) and its accompanying Codes of Good Practice issued by the Department of Labour.

(bb) Lifestyle audits are utilised as a legitimate fraud prevention and detection mechanism and serve as a tool to understand the financial profile of an individual, in terms of legitimate declared income versus known and observed assets.

04 September 2020 - NW1533

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)What progress has her department made on the draft of the amendment of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill [B25 of 2011], which will effectively disestablish the State Security Agency and break it up into two services, namely the domestic and foreign services; (2) (a) on what date is the Bill likely to be introduced in the National Assembly and (b) what are the relevant details of the timelines in relation to the processes to be undertaken by his department and relevant government institutions before the introduction of the Bill in the National Assembly?

Reply:

The Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence has scheduled a briefing by the State Security Agency on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (Gilab). This briefing will amongst others, provide progress on Gilab. Drafting of the General Intelligence Amendment Bill is taking place within context of ITT and implementation of the HLRP Recommendations. Strategic thrust of the ITT drafted Bill was re-creation of 1994/5 intelligence structures. This posed a significant challenge and threat to civilian intelligence. This Bill had to be revised to consider futurist configuration, which takes into consideration current, and emerging threats; Process of drafting Gilab including its buinsess case is affected by myriad factors including;

(b) Lockdowns aimed at containing spreed of Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic;

(c) Consultation with the President on options for optimal configuration;

(d) Consultation with the National Treasury, Department of Public Service and Admnistration and JSC Cluster.

The Bill will be submitted to Parliament after approval by the Cabinet.

20 August 2020 - NW1598

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether she was asked in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, to discuss the legal matter between a certain person (name furnished) and the Republic of Botswana while planning to meet with the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mr M E K Masisi, at the beginning of July 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details, (b) how did she respond to the specified request and (c) on what statutory or any other grounds did she rely to accept the President’s request to intervene in a private matter; (2) whether she has ever held any discussions in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security with President M E K Masisi regarding the allegations levelled against the specified person by the Republic of Botswana; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she has ever been asked in her official capacity as the Minister of State Security to intervene in the private matters of any of her colleagues; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what statutory and/or any other grounds did she rely in order to intervene in the private matters of any of her colleagues; (4) why did she cancel her planned visit to the Republic of Botswana at the beginning of July 2020; (5) whether she intends to travel to the Republic of Botswana in the remainder of 2020 to discuss matters surrounding the (a) Southern African Customs Union and/or (b) allegations levelled against the said person; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

(1) The Minister has never been asked by the President to intervene on the matter in question.

Any legal matter between South Africa and any other country would be dealt with through the appropriate channels and instruments, such as mutual legal assistance. The Ministry responsible for the Civilian Intelligence structures is not one of such instruments.

(2) There has never been a discussion between the President of Botswana and the Minister on this matter.

(3) None.

(4) The visit was cancelled because of other commitments.

(5) Purpose for which the visit was intended remains valid, therefore, a visit in the near future cannot be rulled out.

20 August 2020 - NW1666

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)What are the criteria for top secret security clearance that is required for a senior appointment in the State Security Agency; (2) whether Mr Robert McBride attained security clearance and complied with the specified criteria; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

  1. The criteria for Top Secret security clearance are multiple and include the successful completion of the vetting process that includes

1.1 Verification of the subject’s/applicant’s records as reflected in databases:

  • criminal records;
  • financial records;
  • personal information; or
  • any other information that is relevant to determine the security clearance of a person.
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1.2 The positive outcome following a vetting fieldwork investigation. For a Top-Secret Security Clearance, the process entails the following:

  • Full record checks on databases (as mentioned above);
  • A subject/applicant interview;
  • Two (2) interviews with references;
  • One (1) work enquiry; and
  • A polygraph examination and evaluation.

(1.2.2) Regarding the later point, all resultant reports (subject/applicant and combined References’ Interview Report; Investigation Memorandum, and Investigation Diary and Polygraph report.) are then sent to the Evaluation division.

(1.2.2) In assessing the reports, the Evaluator will consider the following in his/her risk summary as per the Legislation:

  • Integrity;
  • Loyalty to the State and the relevant institution; and
  • Non-susceptibility to extortion and blackmail;
  • Non-amenability to bribes and non-susceptibility to being compromised due to his or her behaviour or vulnerabilities.

These qualities are critical criteria for employment in a position requiring Top Secret security clearance.

(1. 3) Based on the Evaluator’s recommendations – emergent from records, interviews and investigations – on whether to issue, degrade, withdraw or refuse to grant a security clearance, the State Security Agency’s (SSA’s) Director-General signs off on the vetting result.

2. Regarding Mr Mc Bride’s security clearance:

2.1 On 5 October 2018, the request for the vetting of Mr Mc Bride to the level of a Top Secret level was received from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

2.2  His employment at the IPID was later terminated.

2.2 On 23 April 2020, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) requested the SSA to transfer his Top Secret clearance to them.

2.3 On 29 June 2020, the SSA Acting Director-General enquired about the progress on the vetting of the said subject.

2.4 On 30 June 2020, the SSA Human Resource Consultant enquired about the vetting of the said subject.

2.5 On 1 July 2020, the subject was contacted to avail himself for a personal interview and it followed all the steps outlined above.

2.6 As per the approved Standard Operating Procedure (VA01/2010) on Vetting Fieldwork Investigation, a Polygraph test for a Top-Secret Clearance is required. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a Polygraph examination could not be conducted, the specific reason being that the procedure would require the Polygraph Examiner to be in close proximity of the subject in a closed area for an extended period; thus exposing them (polygraph examiner/subject) to a possible transmission of the virus.

2.7 Nonetheless, given that all the other tests resulted in a positive outcome, the security clearance was issued on condition that as soon as the COVID-19 infection rate flattens, the Polygraph examination will be conducted.

2.8 Accordingly, a Top-Secret security clearance procedure was conducted on Mr Mc Bride and a Top-Secret security clearance was issued on the basis of the information currently available to the SSA.

2.9 A Top-Secret Clearance was issued on 14 July 2020.

3. Not at this stage.

31 July 2020 - NW1092

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

What (a) number of persons are currently employed in an (i) administrative and (ii) operational capacity in the State Security Agenc’s (aa) domestic and (bb) foreign intelligence Divisions, (b) number of the specified persons have criminal records in each case and (c) are the relevant details of the (i) offence(s) each person was convicted of and (ii) date on which each conviction was made; (2) Why are the persons with criminal records employed in each of the specified Intelligence Divisions?

Reply:

1 (a)

1. (aa) (i) Operational Capacity is: 1501 and

(ii) Administrative Capacity is: 147

1. (bb) (i) Operational Capacity is: 291 and

(ii) Administrative Capacity is: 22

1. (b) None

1. (c) (i) & (ii) Not applicable given 1(b).

2. Not applicable given 1(b).

31 July 2020 - NW1532

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)On what date will a permanent appointment be made for the position of Director-General of her department; (2) has the contract of a certain person (details furnished)- “Acting Director-General”) been extended after it expired at the end of March 2020; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) on what date will a permanent appointment be made for the position of Director: Foreign Branch; (4) (a) what number of positions for deputy director-general within the State Security Agency (SSA) are currently occupied in an acting capacity and (b) on what date will permanent appointments be made for the specified positions; (5) (a) what number of positions for General Manager within the SSA are currently occupied in an acting capacity and (b) on what date will permanent appointments be made for the specified positions?

Reply:

1. The matter on permanent appointment of the Director-General is a work in progress, details on the process including the date will be provided to the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

2. Yes. The contract has been extended until 31 August 2020.

3. The permanent appointment for position of Director: Foreign Branch was made with commencement date of 1 July 2020

4 The number of Deputy Director-Generalpositions occupied in an acting capacity is four (4), permanent appointment to these positions is a workin progress.

5. The Number of General Manager positions occupied in an acting capacity is ten (10), permanent appointment to these positions is a work in progress.

 

31 July 2020 - NW1159

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)With reference to her reply to question 934 on 8 June 2020, what was the amount of each transaction with each company mentioned in her reply; (2) whether her department purchased any goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the name of each company from which the specified goods and/or services were purchased, (b) is the amount of each transaction and (c) was the service and/or product that each company rendered; (3) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the transactions; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details in each case; (4) what were the reasons that the goods and/or services were purchased from the specified companies; (5) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

 

1. In theresponse to Parliamentary Question 934 on 8 June 2020, items, suppliers and amounts were tabulated and repeated below:

Hence to answer Parliamentary Question 1159 that asks about specifically companies and total amounts, transactions with Inhlanhla Ga Tshwarelo amounted to R61 700.00, those with Bidvest Steiner to R431 560.00, those with Lechoba Medical Technology to R477 369.80, and those with Ubuntu Technologies to R66 122.70.

(2) Regarding the purchasing of goods and/or services below the amount of R500 000 connected to the Covid-19 pandemic;

(a) goods and/or services were purchased from Ga Tshwarelo, Bidvest Steiner, Lechoba Medical Technology, and Ubuntu Technologies as indicated above.

(b) the transaction amounts are those mentioned in answer (1).

(c) Ga Tshwarelo supplied masks, gloves and disposable masks; Bidvest Steiner provided sanitisers and surface wipes; Lechoba Medical Technology supplied filtering masks, sanitisers and infrared thermometers, and Ubuntu Technologies supplied anti-virus software and licences to ensure secure, remote communication.

(3) SSA followed a deviation process

(a) to provide a Secure Video Conferencing Solution for Government on an urgent basis to allow work to continue while minimising the health risks posed by infectious Covid-19.

(b) The financial details are reflected in the table above.

(4) Goods and/or services were purchased/acquired adhering to National Treasury instructions 2020/2021 in relation to the Emergency Procedures in response to the National State of Disaster. Companies were selected that met National Treasury’s requirements and/or were among those identified and proposed by it.

The reason for choosing the said Information Technology supplier is that the Agency already had contracts with the two companies Nanoteq and TrueConf that provided infrastructure to the SSA on secure communications and video conferencing solutions respectively. Consequently, the SSA approached the two companies to increase the number of licences they were already providing to the SSA so that the need that came from Government could be satisfied.

(5) Whether the Minister makes a statement on the matter remains her prerogative.

15 June 2020 - NW153

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Kohler-Barnard, Ms D to ask the Minister of State Security

With reference to the most recent break-in at the offices of the State Security Agency (SSA), what (a) number of instances of ((i) theft and (ii) fraud occurred at the SSA offices over the past 10 years and (b) is the estimated accumulated value of the specified instances; (2) Whether the cases were reported to the (a) SA Police Service and (b) Inspector General of Intelligence; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (3) What (a) number of (i) arrests and (ii) prosecutions have taken place and (b) total amount has been recovered?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is kindly referred to the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) where a reply to this Parliamentary Question has been logged.

08 June 2020 - NW981

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether her department has made an intelligence assessment to determine whether the Republic is potentially at risk from the rise of radicalism in northern Mozambique; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Honourable Member is kindly referred to the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) where a reply to this Parliamentary Question has been logdged.

08 June 2020 - NW883

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department will offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether the Covid-19 financial or other relief will only be allocated to qualifying small businesses according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Act 53 of 2003, as amended; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) on what statutory grounds and/or provisions does she or her department rely to allocate Covid-19 financial or other relief only to small businesses according to the specified Act and (b) what form of Covid-19 financial or other relief, if any, will be made available to other small businesses?

Reply:

1. No, the Department will not offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small businesses. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

2. No, there will be no financial or other relief to be allocated. It is not within the mandate of the Department to offer any form of Covid-19 financial or other relief to small business.

08 June 2020 - NW934

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Mulder, Dr CP to ask the Minister of State Security

(1)Whether her department awarded any tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) are the names of the businesses to whom these tenders were awarded, (b) are the amounts of each tender awarded and (c) was the service and/or product to be supplied by each business; (2) whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures in the awarding of the tenders; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the relevant details in each case; (3) what was the reason for which each specified business was awarded the specified tender; (4) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) The department has not awarded any open tender related to Covid-19 pandemic, however, awarded 3 Purchase Orders to date for Covid-19 related personal protective equipment (PPE) and 1 Purchase Order for antivirus software for the Secure Video Conferencing Solution through quotation processes to the following companies (i) Bidvest Steiner, (ii) Inhlanhla Ga Tshwarelo, (iii) Lechoba Medical Supplies and Ubuntu Technologies.

(2) Deviation process was followed to provide Secure Video Conferencing Solution for Government on an urgent basis to allow work to continue while minimising the health risks posed by infectious Covid-19 pandemic.

(3) The reason for choosing the said Information Technology supplier is that the department already had contracts with the two companies (i) Nanoteq and (ii) TrueConf that provided infrastructure to the department on secure communications and video conferencing solutions respectively. Consequently, the department approached the two companies to increase the number of licences they were already providing to the department with a view to minimize the risk of the Covid -19 pandemic.

(4) Not at this stage

29 October 2019 - NW638

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Mthenjane, Mr DF to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether her department and/or any entities reporting to her contracted the services of Forensic Data Analysts, Mvouni Technology Group, Muvoni Investment Holdings, Ideco or any of the affiliated companies? If so, (a) what services did each company render, (b) what was the total monetary value of each contract, (c) what amount was paid to each company, (d) what was the duration of each contract, (e) who signed off on each contract and (I) was each contract in line with the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and relevant departmental regulations?

Reply:

Information relating to services rendered to the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational strategy and therefore remains classified and privileged.

It should, however, be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), the Inspector- General of Intelligence and the Auditor-General.

29 October 2019 - NW673

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Breytenbach, Adv G to ask the Minister of State Security

a) What number of meetings did her department’s former Director-General, Mr Arthur Fraser, conduct with the Public Protector, and the Commissioner of the SA Revenue Services and the National Director of Public Prosecutions present from 01 January to 30 April 2018, (b) what was the purpose of each meeting, and {c) where did each meeting take place?

Reply:

The requested information is of such a nature that it would form part of the broader operational strategy of the State Security Agency and therefore as a matter of policy, the SSA does not disclose such information. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence

12 September 2019 - NW289

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Mpambo-Sibhukwana, Ms T to ask the Minister of State Security:

What (a) total amount is budgeted for the private office for the 2019-2020 financial year and (b) was the (i) total remuneration, (ii) salary level , job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

Reply:

(a) The total amount budgeted for the Ministry for the 2019-2020 financial year is R 47 081 363.09.

(b) It should be observed that the SSA may be held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), the Inspector-General and the Auditor-General.

Approved/Not Approved

Reply to the Parliamentary Question 289 to the Minister of State Security

22 July 2019 - NW146

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Cebekhulu, Inkosi RN to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether, with the regard to the current and future plans to roll out a 5G mobile network, she has found that her department's involvement in the roll-out in alliance with the department’s strategic and investment partners, will not add any potential state security threats due to informatuion being shared with the partners; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) steps taken by her department to ensure that the security of the State is not threatened?

Reply:

The current and future plans to roll out 5G mobile network in South Africa by strategic investment partners will not have any potential state security threats due to information being shared by partners as the existing adequate Regulations, Governance and Compliance are in place and adhered too.

 

The SG mobile nstwork is going to provide enhanced services/advantages (speed-faster, more coverage and more capacity). The current security applied on the existing mobile technologies (3G, 4G, Edge, etc) will not be impacted and will remain the same and be covered by the current security precautions and methods applied by SSA security advisory services and related stake holders.

 

SSA will (be required to) further verify and continuously monitor all hardware and software providing 5G services to detect potential threats and vulnerabilities as manda

07 March 2019 - NW507

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What number of (i) buildings, (ii) properties and (iii) facilities does her department currently (aa) own and (bb) rent, (b) what is the value and purpose of each (i) owned and (ii) rented property and (c) (i) for how long has each property been rented, (ii) from whom is each property rented and (iii) what is the rental fee for each property NW572E

Reply:

Buildings, properties and facilities of the SSA are acquired for purposes of operational requirements. Out of necessity, the operations of SSA are mostly and mainly covert in nature. It is therefore illegal to disclose the asset base of the SSA to non-members.

The SSA also operates on the basis of need to know that essentially dictates that any disclosure of classified information should only be for purposes of achieving operational objectives.
 

28 February 2019 - NW291

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What number of tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) what number of specified briefings were compulsory? RESPONSE: (i) SSA held eight (8) briefing sessions in 2018. (ii) Not applicable Eight (8) compulsory briefing sessions were held in 2018.

Reply:

a) (i) SSA held eight (8) briefing sessions in 2018.

(ii) Not applicable

b) Eight (8) compulsory briefing sessions were held in 2018.

25 February 2019 - NW146

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Horn, Mr W to ask the Minister of State Security

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and {ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers' widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

The requested information is of such a nature that it would form part of the broader operational strategy of the State Security Agency (SSA) and therefore as a matter of policy the SSA does not disclose such information. It should however, be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and the Auditor-General.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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15 February 2019

 

Mr NA Masondo, MP The Chairperson JSCI

CAPE TOWN

 

Dear Chairperson

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUES7ION NO 146 FOR WRITTEN REPLY FROM NR W HORN

 

Please find enclosed a copy of my response to the above- mentioned parliamentary question by Mr W Horn, MP of the Democratic Alliance, which I have tabled with the National Assembly.

 

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MS D LETSATSI-DUBA, MP MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY

 

 

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15 February 2019                                                                                                         Honourable Mr Horn, MP

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Dear Honourable Horn

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO146 FOR WRITTEN REPLY

 

I write to inform you that I have tabled the response to your question with the National Assembly.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

MS D LETSATSI-DUBA, MP MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY

 

18 December 2018 - NW3857

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her contracted the services of a certain company (name and details furnished), in each of the past 10 financial years; if so, what (i) number of contracts were signed, (ii) was the date on which each contract was signed, (iii) was the duration of each contract, (iv) services did the company render and (v) was the monetary value of each contract in each case; 2. Whether any irregular expenditure relating to the contracts was recorded and/or condoned in each case; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. For the exclusive knowledge of the State Security Minister and Deputy, the State Security Agency (SSA) has never contracted the services of Bosasa or African Global Operations, as it is know now.

2. Not applicable (N/A)

18 December 2018 - NW3925

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether a certain person (name furnished) worked at the State Security Agency (SSA) at any stage since 1 January 1994; if so, during which duration; 2. Whether the specified person instituted any claims against the SSA; if so, what are the relevant details of the claims; 3. Whether she intends to pay these claims; if no, why not; if so, by which date; 4. Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

Information relating to members of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged.

It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) and the Inspector-General.

14 November 2018 - NW3461

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Kopane, Ms SP to ask the Minister of State Security

1. (a) On what date did her department last conduct an audit of artwork owned by Government which is under her department’s curatorship and (b) what are the details of each artwork under the curatorship of her department according to the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice 103; 2. Whether any artworks under her department’s curatorship have gone missing (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The department does not apply GRAP 103 in recognising any of its assets, and therefore is not required to apply the standard to any of its artwork.  Furthermore, SSA does not have heritage assets as defined and recognised by GRAP 103.  GRAP 17 is however used to recognise assets.

 

2. Artwork is included in the SSA assets register.  Verification of artwork occurs with the normal verification of other assets’ classes and have been audited as part of the statutory audit by the Office of the Auditor General.

 

13 November 2018 - NW3378

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether the so-called spy tapes were produced by the SA Revenue Service’s High-Risk Investigation Unit which was handed to Mr Michael Hulley for the former President, Mr JG Zuma’s defence; if not, who produced the tapes; if so, who handed the tapes to Mr Hulley?

Reply:

The EFF is advised to request the South African Revenue Service to indicate whether it produced the so-called spy-tapes.

Furthermore, the requested information is of such a nature that it would form part of the broader operational strategy of the State Security Agency and therefore as a matter of policy the SSA does not disclose such information.  It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

08 November 2018 - NW3250

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McGluwa, Mr JJ to ask the Minister of State Security

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

 

The State Security Agency has never borrowed any amount of money from any entity in the People’s Republic of China in the past three years and since 1 April 2018.

18 June 2018 - NW1908

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in her department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) how many of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; 2. Whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; 3. What number (a) of employees in her department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); 4. What is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

Information relating to the regulation of the intelligence services is governed by the Intelligence Services Act, 65 of 2002 (as amended). The questions raised by Dr Groenewald would be better ventilated through the oversight bodies such as the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), Inspector-General of Intelligence, among other regulatory bodies.

14 June 2018 - NW2037

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of State Security

1. What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by her department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; 2. Whether all vehicles owned by her department have tracking devices installed?

Reply:

For the period commencing 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 financial year SSA has recorded forty-one (41) motor vehicle accidents of which nine (9) vehicles were found to be uneconomical to repair.

Repair costs were as follows:

Description

2015/2016

2016/2017

2017/2018

Total Accidents

8

20

13

Total Written Off

1

8

 

Total Repair Costs

R758 934.31

R462 140.04

R11 100.00

Vehicles were written off when the value to repair exceeded the vehicle value. Hence, it did not make economic sense to repair them.

Currently, there is not tracking system installed in the official vehicles for SSA. Research with regard to systems is currently being conducted to find the most suitable system for the SSA.

08 June 2018 - NW1837

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied her on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to her department; 2. Whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No, I have not travelled with any family member during the above period.

01 June 2018 - NW1668

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, have been referred to the (i) SA Police Services (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by (aa) her department and (bb) each entity reporting to her for further investigation since the Act was assented to and (b) what number of the specified cases have (i) been investigated by SAPS and DPCI, (ii) been followed up by the respective accounting officers and (iii) resulted in a conviction in each specified financial year since 2004?

Reply:

The State Security Agency (SSA) has forwarded the following internal cases:

  • Medical Aid Fraud: The SSA reported a case against a service provider. The amount of R29 000.00 was recovered.
  • A case concerning fraud involving a company who submitted a tender to the SSA was handed over to the SAPS for investigation.
  • Money stolen from SSA Head Office: The matter was handed over to the Hawks and went to court. The case against all members was withdrawn due to a lack of evidence. Subsequently, the National Prosecuting Authority has undertaken to relook into the matter, to review the decision to withdraw the charges and to provide an update on developments. The SSA has referred 38 cases to SAPS and 4 to the DPCI relating to government officials of other departments for investigation.

18 May 2018 - NW1486

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Purdon, Mr RK to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr CM Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) she, (b) senior management service members in her department and/or any of the heads of entities reporting to her have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit; 2. Whether she will furnish Mr RK Purdon with copies of the lifestyle audit reports?

Reply:

All employees of the SSA, including all levels of management, are subjected to extensive vetting every five years. The SSA also reserves the right to re-vet any of its employees during the course and scope of the five years should a need arise. Vetting is one of the core competencies of the SSA and is not outsourced to any service provider.

Information pertaining to vetting, as with other operational information of the SSA, forms part of the broader operational strategy of the agency and, therefore, as a matter of policy, the SSA does not disclose such information. It should, however, be observed that the SSA is overseen by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) and the Inspector General of Intelligence amongst other regulatory bodies.

02 May 2018 - NW1091

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

What (a) number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her and (b) (i) is the name of each consultant, (ii) are the relevant details of the service provided in each case and (iii) is the (aa) start date, (bb) time period, (cc) monetary value in Rands of each contract and (dd) name and position of each individual who signed off on each contract?

Reply:

Information relating to service providers of the SSA is information that forms part of the broader operational strategy of the agency and therefore as a matter of policy the SSA does not disclose such information. It should however be observed that the SSA is overseen by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) and the Inspector General of Intelligence amongst other regulatory bodies.

15 March 2018 - NW731

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether her department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place, if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will her department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; 2. (a) what is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in her department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty?

Reply:

1. Yes, the State Security Agency has a sexual harassment policy called the “Human Resource Directive: Sexual Harassment and Promotion of Racial Tolerance: HRD: 19.” Assault is dealt with in terms of Chapter XVIII (Disciplinary Procedure) of the Intelligence Service’s Regulations, 2014.

(i) Reports of sexual harassment and assault are investigated by conducting interviews and obtaining statements from the relevant parties, witnesses and gathering supporting evidence (video footage, SMSes, etc). HRD: 19 also provides mediation between the complainant and the transgressor on sexual harassment cases. The policy provides for due regard to sensitivity of the matter.

(ii) The Disciplinary Procedure makes provision for various sanctions (counselling, warning, fine, suspended discharge, discharge) where a disciplinary hearing takes place in respect of a sexual harassment or assault case.

2. (a) (i) Number of cases 2014/2015: 2

Number of cases 2015/2016: 2

Number of cases 2016/2017: 2

(ii) There is no case since 1 April 2017 which is still in

progress.

(b) (i) 6 cases were opened and concluded.

(ii) One case was withdrawn

(iii) One case is still open.

(b) Sanctions for the sexual harassment and assault cases:

  • Final written warning and fine
  • Verbal warning
  • Warning and suspended fine
  • Final written warning
  • Warning

15 March 2018 - NW481

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of State Security

1. (a) What is the current status of the investigation by her department into the intelligence report that former President Zuma used to justify the firing of Mr Pravin Gordhan from the position of Minister of Finance and (b) by what date is it anticipated that the report will be finalised; 2. Will the report and findings be made public; if not, why not?

Reply:

In line with its directives, standard operating procedures and as a matter of policy, the State Security Agency (SSA) does not comment on operational matters as it is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

However, regarding the matter in question, the SSA is not privy to such an investigation.

14 March 2018 - NW337

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Jooste, Ms K to ask the Mrs K Jooste (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security

What amount did (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him spend on the promotion or celebration of the Year of OR Tambo on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

The SSA did not spend any amounts on the promotion of the Year of the OR Tambo.

14 March 2018 - NW372

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Masango, Ms B to ask the Ms BS Masango (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What is the total amount that was (i) budgeted for and (ii) spent on his private office (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in his private office in each of the specified periods?

Reply:

Information relating to the financial and employment details of employees of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational strategy and therefore remains classified and privileged.

It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

20 December 2017 - NW3303

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether the (a) chief executive officer and (b) chief financial officer of entities reporting to him are employed on a permanent basis; if not, 2. Whether the specified officers are employed on a fixed term contract; if so, (a) what are the names of each of the officers and (b) when (i) was each officer employed and (ii) will each officer’s contract end?

Reply:

The employment details relating to members of the State Security Agency (SSA) would entail information that forms part of the broader operational strategy of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

14 December 2017 - NW3163

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. What are the details including the ranks of service providers and/or contractors from which (a) his department and (b) the entities reporting to him procured services in the past five years; 2. What (a) service was provided by each service provider and/or contractor and (b) amount was each service provider and/or contractor paid; 3.(a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid?

Reply:

Such information relating to service providers and/or contractors of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged. Information about service providers and/or contractors is a matter that falls in the ambit of national security and therefore excluded from public disclosure. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

12 December 2017 - NW3922

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether certain persons (names and details furnished) are currently working or has at any stage worked in his department or in any other institution of intelligence which is in service of or in any way connected to the State; if so, what were and what are the current positions and designations of the specified persons in each case?

Reply:

Information relating to the members of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged. It should however be observed that the SSA may be held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

05 December 2017 - NW3718

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Steenhuisen, Mr JH to ask the Mr JH Steenhuisen

1. Whether, with reference to a certain matter (details furnished), he has obtained the requisite security clearance since his appointment of Minister of State Security; if so, what requisite legal provisions were relied upon for the clearance obtained; if not, 2. Whether he has access to classified state information since his appointment as Minister of State Security; if so, what requisite legal provisions are relied upon for accessing classified state information?

Reply:

1. The State Security Agency (SSA) adheres to the principles of the Minimum Information Security Standards that provide that, “Political appointees will not be vetted, unless the President so requests, or the relevant contract so provides.” [Paragraph 1.5, Chapter 5].

2. In light of the above, question 2 becomes immaterial.

05 December 2017 - NW3737

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him procured services from a certain company (name furnished); if so, (i) what services were procured in each case and (ii) what is the total amount that was paid to the specified company in each case; 2. Whether the specified company provided services related to international travel to (a) his department and/or (b) entities reporting to him; if so, (i) what is the name of each person who travelled, (ii) what was the travel route and (iii) what is the total amount that was paid for each person?

Reply:

It should be noted that the SSA has not engaged the services of the company mentioned. Yet, in applying the principles of the broader SSA strategy not to divulge information relating to operations, it is recommended that the following answer be submitted:

  • Information relating to service providers to the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational strategy of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged.
    • Information about service providers and details such as travel information are matters that fall in the ambit of national security and therefore excluded from public disclosure.
    • It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

05 December 2017 - NW3658

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Maynier, Mr D to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether his department has completed its investigation into Project Spider Web since the reply to question 2335 on 11 November 2016; if not, why not; what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. The State Security Agency (SSA) as a matter of policy does not disclose operational information.

2. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee (JSCI).

04 December 2017 - NW3654

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of State Security

What measures has his department put in place to mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks in the country?

Reply:

1. South Africa’s response to cyber threats and in particular the role played by SSA in mitigating the impact of cyber-attacks in the country is articulated in the National Cyber-security Policy Framework (NCPF) for South Africa approved by the Cabinet in March 2011.

2. The Cyber Security Centre (CSC) in the SSA has been established as an initiative of Government to anticipate where cyber-attacks in the country or to national critical information infrastructure (NCIIs) may originate with a view to adapting defence strategies in order to mitigate the impact and respond to new cyber threats. The aim is to provide cyber situational analysis and a coordinated approach to incident response; and to promote cyber security knowledge and awareness.

3. The CSC underlines Government’s determination to provide enhanced and integrated readiness to mitigate cyber security threats and attacks in the country in a bid to maintain the country safe and secure. The current centre is meant to provide a coordinated response to cyber incidents affecting national security and in doing so it is envisioned to be augmented by other structures in the country such as the Government CSIRT (Gov. CSIRT), Cyber Security Hub (CSH), National Cybercrime Centre (NCC), Cyber Command (CC) and sector CSIRTs.

04 December 2017 - NW3653

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Ms H Bucwa (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security

1. Whether (a) he has been informed of an investigation conducted by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the Inspector General of Intelligence regarding funds from the Secret Service account which were used to fund aspects of the #FeesMustFall student protests (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; 2. Whether he has engaged with (a) the Minister of Higher Education and Training and (b) the Minister of Police regarding this matter; if not, why not; if so, what was the nature of the engagement?

Reply:

1. The alleged investigation, as referred to in the article, does not fall within the ambit of State Security.

2. The SSA further does not interfere in the lawful investigations of other mandated departments.

3. Furthermore, the Minister of State Security cannot be expected to act upon every single media article that is published.

04 December 2017 - NW3610

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

Whether (a) his department and/or (b) any entity reporting to him own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii) what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

1. The ownership of land by the State Security Agency (SSA) is information that forms part of the broader operational strategy of the agency and therefore as a matter of policy the SSA does not disclose such information.

2. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

23 November 2017 - NW3441

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Ndlozi, Dr MQ to ask the Minister of State Security

1. How many officials and/or employees in his department were granted permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings in the past three financial years; 2. Are any of the officials and/or employees that have permission to have businesses and/or do business dealings doing business with Government; if so, (a) what was the purpose of each business transaction, (b) when did each business transaction occur and (c) what was the value of each business transaction?

Reply:

1. Information relating to members of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged. Information about members is a matter that falls in the ambit of national security and therefore excluded from public disclosure. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

23 November 2017 - NW3589

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Mbabama, Ms TM to ask the Minister of State Security

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) his department and (ii) each entity reporting to him for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

(a) Information relating to services providers and/or contractors of the State Security Agency (SSA) forms part of the broader operational framework of the SSA and therefore remains classified and privileged. Information about service providers and/or contractors is a matter that falls in the ambit of national security and therefore excluded from public disclosure. It should however be observed that the SSA is held accountable on such matters by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

04 October 2017 - NW2790

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Mente-Nqweniso, Ms NV to ask the Minister of State Security

With reference to his reply to question 167 on 7 September 2017, what are (a) the names and (b) the nationalities of the security agencies that are stationed in the country?

Reply:

In terms of our tradecraft, international conventions and agreements entered into with international intelligence services, we are not in position to disclose such information.