Many of these outrages have taken place in the 20 months when there has been no Inspector General of Intelligence It has been a bad week for State Security Minister David Mahlobo.On Sunday, an Al-Jazeera investigation into rhino poaching revealed an apparent personal relationship between State Security Minister David Mahlobo and a massage parlour owner linked to rhino horn trafficking. In hidden-camera footage, the man brags of their relationship, and flashes a photo of them together on his phone.Mahlobo has said a photograph doesn't prove a relationship. But if nothing else, even a coincidental link between the Minister of State Security and a criminal syndicate suggests a startling intelligence failure and security risk – especially as the Hawks have subsequently reported that the massage parlour is already under investigation.That was all before the start of the working week.On Monday, at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Security Studies, he spoke on the role of state intel...

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