Hold accountable rogue elements involved in SSA’s meddling – COSATU

Federation says it is against the use of state apparatus against private citizens

COSATU calls on President Ramaphosa to hold accountable all the rogue elements involved in SSA’s political meddling

11 March 2019

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted with deep concern the shocking report that shows that the State Security Agency (SSA)was used to fight political battles in the build-up to Nasrec ANC Conference. The federation calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to act against all those who are implicated in this report and also work to cleanse the SSA of these rogue elements.

COSATU is against any use of state apparatus against private citizens and civil society organisations for political purposes. We demand that the looted monies that were wasted by the SSA be recovered and that all the implicated thieves be prosecuted.

South Africa risks becoming a banana republic if security agencies are allowed to act with impunity, undermine democracy and become a law unto themselves. Minister David Mahlobo should be held accountable for the deterioration, corruption and anarchy that took place at SSA under his watch.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to make sure that he does away with this apartheid legacy of using state institutions to settle political scores and spy on civilians. The ANC needs to deal with the politics of backstabbing that has factionalised and politicised state institutions.

Issued by Sizwe Pamla, National Spokesperson, COSATU, 11 March 2019