Ex-spy boss Arthur Fraser wants intelligence file on Ramaphosa declassified

Arthur Fraser. Image credit: Twitter/Dept of Correctional Services

An intelligence file on President Cyril Ramaphosa could be declassified if former State Security Agency (SSA) director-general Arthur Fraser has his way.

Fraser, though his lawyer Rapulane Kgoroeadira, wrote to acting SSA director-general Loyiso Jafta on 5 August this year asking for declassification of 41 documents, including the one on Ramaphosa.

State capture inquiry

He asked SSA to furnish him with copies of these documents, which he said he needs to prepare for his “statement and evidence” to the state capture commission of inquiry.

The letter, which is copied to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo who chairs the inquiry, was leaked on social media this week.

According to the letter, the file on Ramaphosa contains “his business, political and personal activities and associates.”

Kgoroeadira asked Jafta to provide the documents by 14 August, 2020. However, he told News24 on Thursday that they had not yet received them.

‘State secrets’

Representing Fraser, Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane told the inquiry in July that Fraser had been accused of treason based on evidence by former SSA officials Gibson Njenje, Mo Shaik and Mzuvukile Maqethuka.

Fraser now had “no choice” but to go against his oath and reveal “state secrets” relating to “presidents” and “judges,” Sikhakhane said. Fraser would reveal details on “who exactly is subverting our state,” he added.

Kgoroeadira said Fraser’s testimony is now almost complete, adding that the ex-spy boss remains ready to assist the inquiry “as a civil servant and as a citizen.”

in 2018, Ramaphosa transferred Fraser from SSA to the Department of Correctional Services, where is is currently serving as the National Commissioner.

This followed a feud between Fraser and Inspector-General of Intelligence Setlhomamaru Dintwe over the latter’s investigation against Fraser.

Dintwe had been investigating Fraser’s alleged role in SSA’s Principal Agent Network (PAN), which Fraser allegedly used to benefit several of his family members.

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