Minister of State Security owes South Africa an apology

Dr Pieter Groenewald

South Africa’s minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, must acknowledge that his intelligence service is incompetent, or that they had purposefully kept quiet about information which has led to huge criminality and violence in South Africa in the past month, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the FF Plus’ chief spokesperson on State Security said.

Dr. Groenewald said during the budget debate on State Security that the minister is as much in the dark about the intelligence problems of the country as his predecessor was, who did not even know his wife was involved in drug smuggling.

“What has happened in the last month in South Africa is unacceptable and is proof of a total lack of intelligence regarding the country’s security services.

“You should apologise to South Africa. If you had done your work and had been aware do the security situation, then you knowingly allowed the situation, where criminal actions and plundering had been rampant, to get out of hand. Then you should be criminally charged.

“If you didn’t know about it, it is proof of your incompetence. You therefore have a choice. Do you want to apologise or do you want to be charged?

“In the same manner you contravened the Constitution of South Africa with the blocking of the signal of cellular phone services during the State of the Nation Debate. It is not cellular phone signals which are harming the President, but hiss own actions.

“There wasn’t any need for it. I am not aware that you had apologised for it.

“If we look at crime in South Africa, it is clear that the intelligence services, whether of the Police or the State Security Agencies or the Defence Force, are not doing their work properly as crime is flourishing in the country.

“The problem with the intelligence services is that they are so busy looking at the internal faction fighting in the ANC where they have to prevent a palace revolution from taking place to push the President from his throne, that they are not doing their primary duty.

“Start doing your work and apologise to the people of South Africa. Do not think that because you are a so-called spy that you are invisible. You aren’t. But you are doing things in the dark. That is your problem,” Dr. Groenewald said.


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