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Reply received: December 2013

Question No. 3151
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 38 -2013)
Mr B J Stubbe (DAl ts ask the Minister of State Security:
QUESTION


1 ) Whether his department received any funds for the Expanded Public Works Programme in the (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 financial years;

(2) Whether any of these funds were earmarked for (a) capital or (b) infrastructure- related projects ; if so, (i) what are the names of these projects, (ii) where are these projects situated, (iii) what is the value of each project and (iv) how many jobs have been created by each project

(3) In each case, what process was followed to appoint project (a) implementers and (b) consultants;

(4) In each case were funds transferred to project implementers (a) in a lump sum or (b) through progress payment;

(5) Whether any projects have been impeded due to maladministration or corruption; if so, (a) which projects have been affected and (b) what action has been taken in each case?

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REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) has not received any funding for the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Reply received: December 2013

Question No. 3041
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 37 -2013)
Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

QUESTION:

(1) (a) When did he receive copies of (i) draft annual reports and/or (ii) annual reports from the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) where such reports, were not received, what were the reasons provided for not submitting them;

(2) (a) how many special reports has he received since 1 April 2009 and (b) on what date was each special report received?
NW3595E
REPLY:

1. We have received the annual report for 2009/10, 2010-1 land 2011/12 financial years. We have not yet received 2012/13 financial year report

2. We received one special report in 2013.

Reply received: December 2013

Question No, 3024
For Written Reply

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE lNTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 36 -2013)


Mr D A Kganare (COPE) to ask the Minister of State Security:

QUESTION:


(1) Whether his department has appointed any (a) nongovernmental institutions and/or (b) consultants and/or (c) forensic companies to perform any investigative work on behalf of his department in the (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13 financial years; if so, (aa) which of these were appointed, (bb) in how many projects were they involved and (cc) what amount was spent on each of the projects;

(2) Why was his department unable to do the specified investigative?
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REPLY:

(1) The State Security Agency (SSA) has not appointed any nongovernmental institution, consultants or forensic companies to perform any investigative work.

Reply received: December 2013

Question No. 2936
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(lNTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 35 -201 3)
Mr N J Van den Berg (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:


(1) How much has (a) his department and (b) each of the entities reporting to him spent on advertisements placed on the Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) news channel:

(2) Were these advertisements placed through the Government Information and Communications System?
NW3487E

REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) has not spent any funds on advertising on the Africa News Network 7 (ANN7).

Reply received: November 2013

Question No. 2903
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 35 -2013)
QUESTION
:
Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security

(
1) What amount has (a) his department and (b) each of the entities reporting to him spent on advertising (i) in The New Age newspaper and (ii) on its website between 1 December 2012 and 31 August 2013:

(2) Were the advertisements placed through the Government Information and Communication System?
NW3454E

REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) has not placed any advertisement in The New Age newspaper and on its website between I December 2012 and 31 August 2013.

Reply received: December 2013

Question No. 2685
For Written Reply

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 32 -2013)


Mr L Ramatlakane (COPE) to ask the Minister of State Security

(1) Whether his department has identified the increasing violent nature of conflicts throughout Africa; if not, what tis the position in this regard; if so, how does his department feed such information into the Government's (a) foreign policy and (b) other policy-making bodies of this country;

(2) Whether the fragmentation and strong transnational characteristics of emergent insurgent groups and their ability to quickly change and from new alliances to suit their agenda affects his department's ability to gather coherent intelligence information; if not, what are the reasons for his conclusion; if so, what are the relevant details?
NW3177E

REPLY:

1. No, We have not identified an increase in violent conflicts in Africa. However, we are concerned with limited pockets of instability in some parts of the continent, particularly those which involve the elements of rebels and armed groups.

In this regard, the African Union has a clear position with regards to the activities of rebels, armed groups and on matters of illegitimate take-over of power

2. Information is shared with relevant departments as it relates to their line functions in terms of policy development.

Reply received: November 2013

Question No. 2654
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
{INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 32 -2013)

Mrs N W A Michael to ask the Minister of State Security:


(1)Whether any performance bonuses were paid to employees in his department in the 2012-13 financial year; if so, what is the total (a) number of employees that received bonuses and (b) amount paid out by his department for these bonuses;

(2) What percentage of outputs were achieved by his department as measured against each target set in its Annual Performance Plan in the 2012-13 financial year?
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REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) has not paid any performance bonuses in respect of the 2012/2013 financial year, as the provisional results have not been finalised and audited.

Reply received: November 2013

Question No. 2589
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 32 -2013)

Mr GG Hill-Lewis to ask the Minister of State Security:

How much has his (a) department and (b) each of the entities reporting to him spent on promotional events organised by the New Age newspaper between 1 September 2012 and 30 August 2013?
NW3076E

REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSAJ has not spent any funds on promotional events organised by Newspapers.

Reply received: November 2013

Question No. 2508
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO, 32 -2013)

Mr L S Ngonyama (COPE) to ask the Minister of State Security:

Whether he has found that the matters with regards to a certain person (name furnished) has harmed interdepartmental relationships between the Crime Intelligence Division of the SA Police Service, National Intelligence and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the state of intelligence in respect of matters affecting (a) National Intelligence and the State and (b) International Intelligence and the State?
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REPLY:

1. The State Security Agency (SSA) has not experienced any difficulty in its relationship with the Crime Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Relationships between these institutions remain professional and cordial with good cooperation at different levels between all of them.

2. The SSA has furthermore not experienced any change in terms of the standing of South Africa's fraternal intelligence relations with Foreign Intelligence Services (FIS).

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 2113
Mr M M Swathe (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:
QUESTION;


(a)Does his department prepare quarterly interim financial statements and {b) are these statements considered by the Audit Committee?
NW235E
REPLY:
Yes.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1926
Mrs N W A Michael (OAI to ask the Minister of State Security:
QUESTION:


What was the (a) make, (b) model, (c) year, (d) purpose, (e) date and/or dates, (f) financial cost and (g) sum total of kilometres driven in respect of each vehicle hired for use by him since 1 January 2012?

NW2275E
REPLY:
(a) BMW

(b) X5

(C) 2012

(d) For official duties as the official car was in the garage.

(e) 1 May 2013 to May 2013

(f) R7122.40

(G0 184km

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1841
Mr D C Ross (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:


(1) How many consultants has his department (a) contracted and (b) appointed (i) in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2013;

(2) How many consultants (a) contracted and (b) appointed by his department (i) in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc)2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 and (ii) since 1 April 2013 are (aaa) former officials of his department and (bbb) former public servants?
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REPLY

(1)(a) 2009-2010; (8)
(ii) 2010-2011; (4)
(iii) 2011-2012; (3)
(iv) 2012-2013; (1)
(b) 2013-2014; (1)

(2) Nil

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION Ma. 1806
Mr
J J van der Linde (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:
QUESTION;


What (a) buildings under the administration of (i) his department and (ii) entities reporting to him are national key points and (b) criteria were used to classify them as such?

NW2155E
REPLY:

(a}
The Office of interception Centre and Communication Centre.

(b) National Key Points Act, Act 102 of 1980 Section 2 and its regulations.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1774
Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of State and Security
:


What is the (a) make, (b) mode, (c) year and (d) purchase price of each vehicle that was bought for his official use since 1 January 2013.

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REPLY

(a) Mercedes Benz
(b) ML250 Blue Tec
(c) 2012
(d) R666 025.21

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1695
Mr T W Coetzee (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:


(1) With reference to his reply to question 1073 on 10 June 2013, why were intelligence failures not reported in the Annual Report;

(2) Whether he can provide the Joint Standing Committee on intelligence with details of such instances of intelligence failures?

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REPLY:

We don't understand what failures the member is talking about. Therefore we stand by our answers to question 1073.

The annual reports were table to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) of which the Honourable T W Coetzee is a member and is encouraged to read.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. NW2010E
Mr P J Groenewald (VF Plus) to ask the Minister of State Security:


(1) What are the reasons for classifying the report on Nkandla in terms of the Minimum Information Safety Standards;

(2) Whether he determined or recommended the classification; if so why; if not, who classified it;

(3) Whether he will make a statement on the matter?

REPLY:

(1) The report belongs to the Department of Public Works. We agree with the classification as it deals with the security aspects around the sitting head of state.

(2) No; however we agree with the classification as stated above

(3) No

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1380
Mr T A Watson (DAI to ask the Minister of State Security:


Which places have been declared prohibited places in terms of section 14 of the Protection of information Act, Act 84 of 1982?
NW1722E
REPLY
1. All our premises have restricted areas.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1338
Ms E More (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

(1)Whether (a) he, (bf any specified officials and (c) any other persons have been issued with a government or official credit card (i) in the (aa) 2011-12 and (bb) 2012-13 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2013; if so, in each instance, what is the (aaa)(aaaa) name and (bbbb) job title of each person to whom a credit card was issued, (bbb) credit limit, (ccc) outstanding amount as at the latest specified date for which information is available, (ddd) monthly expenses incurred for each month since receiving the credit card, (eee) reason for such a person being issued with a credit card and (fff) uses that such a credit card is intended for;

(2) Whether the credit limit of any specified credit card was exceeded at any time since it was issued; if so, (a) whose credit cards are over the limit and (b) what is the reason for the credit card exceeding the limit?

REPLY:

(1) The Credit Cards were issued to Senior Manager and Protocol and Liaison Officials. The reason for issuing credit cards was to limit the amount of cash issued for official travel, since travelling with large amounts of cash constitutes a serious security risk. Since the commencement of restructuring many of the credit cards have been withdrawn due to members changing positions. There are only three (3) credit cards currently being utilised.

(aaa) Names:
Mr JSC Mosikare
Mr NA Marotholi
Mr H Bhengu

(bbbb) Job Titles:
Deputy Director-General
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Officer

(bbb) The credit limit amounts to R 100 000.00

(ccc) There is currently no outstanding amount on any of the credit cards that were issued.

(ddd) Monthly expenses incurred for each month since receiving the credit card

Name

Job Title

Monthly Expenses

Mr JSC Mosikare

Deputy Director-General

R1 800.00

Mr NA Marotholi

Chief Financial Officer

R 300.00

Mr H Bhengu

Chief Information Officer

R 450.00


(eee) The reason for issuing credit cards was to limit the amount of cash issued for official travel.

(fff) The credit cards are intended for use during official travel for the settlement of the following.
▪ Hotel Accommodation (local and abroad)
▪ Air Travel – local
▪car Hire – local
▪ Entertainment
▪ Airport parking

2. The Limit of the credit cards was not exceeded; The remaining three credit cards were withdrawn in July 2013.

Reply received: August 2013

QUESTION NO. 1106
Mr M R Savedali
Shah (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

( 1 What total amounts has (a) his department and (b) each specified entity reporting to him spent on (i) print and (ii) broadcast advertising in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years.

(2) In each case (a)(i) by which radio or television station were the advertisements published in the (aa) 2009-10, (bb) 2010-11, (cc) 2011-12 and (dd) 2012-13 financial years and (b) at what cost in specified case?

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REPLY:

(1)(a) (i) (aa)R115918.90
(bb) R567 497.41
(cc) R1 262 375.45
(dd) R119 084.97
(ii) (aa) Nil
(bb) Nil
(CC) Nil
(dd) Nil


(2)(a) (ii) (aa) Sunday Times
City Press
Star
Lowvelder
Rapport
Daily Dispatch
Volksblad
Diamond Field Advertiser
Northern Review
Mafikeng Mail
Dinily News Durban
EP Herald
Cape Times
Express Bloemfontein
(bb) Sunday Times
City Press
Star
Lowvelder
Rapport
Daily Dispatch
Volksblad
Diamond Field Advertiser
Northern Review
Mafikeng Mail
Daily News Durban
EP Herald
Cape Times
Express Bloemfontein
(cc) Sunday Times
City Press
Star
Lowvelder
Rapport
Daily Dispatch
Volksblad
Diamond Field Advertiser
Northern Review
Mafikeng Mail
Daily News Durban
EP Herald
Cape Times
Express Bloemfontein
(dd) Sunday Times
City Press
Star
Lowvelder
Rapport
Daily Dispatch
Volksblad
Diamond Field Advertiser
Northern Review
Mafikeng Mail
Daily News Durban
EP Herald
Cape Times
Express Bloemfontein

Reply received: August 2013

Question No. 948
For Written Reply
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNAL QUESATION PAPER: (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 15-2013)
Mr DC Smiles to ask the Minister of State Security
:
Question NO. 948


(1) Since 1 January 2011, how many applications under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, Act 2 of 2000, were received by (a) his department and (b) entities reporting to him, and in each case, how many were(i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 27;

(2) Since 1 January 2011, how many internal appeals under the Act were received by (a) his department and (b) entities reporting to him, and in each case, how many (i) granted, (ii) refused and (iii) deemed refused under section 77(7);

(3) Who is the information officer for (a) his department and (b) each entity reporting to him, and in each case, what are the contact details of the officer
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REPLY

1. How many applications: (15)
(i) Granted = 1
(ii) Refused = 14
(iii) Deemed refused under section 27 = 0

2. How many appeals (10)
(i) Granted = 0
(ii) Refused = 10
(iii) Deemed refused under section 77(7) = 0

3. The information Officer for the SSA is the:
Acting DG, Mr DT Dlomo
Contact details of the officer
Office: 012 427 5810
Cellular: 078 460 8540
Email: DennisD@ssa.gov.za

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION NO. 652

Dr L L Bosman (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

(1) How many claims were instituted against his department (a) in the (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii)2009-10, (iv)2010-11 and (v) 2011-12 financial years and (b) during the period 1 April 2012 up to the latest specified date for which information is available:

(2) In respect of each financial year (a) what amount was claimed, (b) how many claims were (i) finalised in court, (ii) settled out of court and (iii) are still outstanding and (c) what amount has been paid to each plaintiff in each case that was (i) finalised in court and (ii) settled out of court?

REPLY:

While the question is broad and nonspecific we would like to answer that the State Security Agency (SSA) does not have any Land Claims instituted against

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION NO. 603

Mr T W Coetzee (DA) to ask the Minister of State Security:

What is the (a) number, (b) names, (c) relationship to other employees and (d) start date of ail employees in his department who are (i) relatives or (ii) extended relatives of other employees within his department.

REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) does not have such information.

The State Security Agency is not in the business of employing relatives or extended relatives, We follow recruitment processes which include Top Security screening to ensure the integrity of these processes.

Reply received: April 2013

QUESTION NO, 575
Mr M A Nhanha (COPE] to ask the Minister of State Security:


Whether his department has collected evidence on the growing nature of a violent society in the country; if not, why not; if so, what (a) is his department's assessment of the growing violence tendencies within the society and (b) are the further relevant details? NW730E

REPLY:

The State Security Agency (SSA) does not have any information on evidence collected an the growing nature of violent Society in the country.

However, the function of the State Security Agency does collect intelligence of domestic social stability, including violent protest on a regular basis. This information is liaised with relevant departments or stakeholders as alerts for action.

The details of the assessments may be given to the Joint Standing Committee if requested.

Reply received: February 2013

QUESTION NO. 125

Mr T W Coetzee (DA)to ask the Minister of State Security

(1) Whether (a) his department and (b) any entities reporting to him paid any bonuses to senior officials in December 2012; if so, in each specified case, (i) to whom and (ii) what amount was paid;

(2) whether the specified bonuses were performance-based; if not, what is the justification for each bonus; if so, in each case, from which budget were the performance bonuses paid;

(3)whether in each case, (a) a performance agreement was signed with the official and (b)regular performance assessments were conducted; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?
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REPLY:

(1) The SSA pays two types of bonuses, i.e. Annual Bonus (13th cheque) and Performance Bonus,

(2) The annual bonus is part of the remuneration package and is paid monthly according to members' bonus options.

(3) The performance bonus is paid annually on merit to members who obtain category 4 and category 5 performance ratings. The 2012 performance bonuses were paid in October, November and December respectively based on compliance. The performance cycle corresponds to the financial year i.e. 1 April - 31 March. In each cycle, managers enter into performance agreements with heir members, review their performance and then assess their performance bi-annually in September and March respectively.