Spy boss Arthur Fraser has been moved from his powerful position of State Security Agency (SSA) director-general just two days before a court battle with intelligence watchdog head Setlhomamaru Dintwe is due to be heard. Fraser, a staunch ally of former president Jacob Zuma, stripped Dintwe, the inspector-general of intelligence, of his security clearance earlier in April. Last week Dintwe lodged a court challenge seeking to reverse Fraser’s decision and to prevent him from meddling in the investigation by the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence. Fraser, the former spy supremo, will now have his hands full at correctional services, where he becomes national commissioner with immediate effect. That position, which is equivalent to that of director-general, was previously occupied by another Zuma ally, Tom Moyane, at present on suspension from the South African Revenue Service. With Fraser no longer at the SSA, President Cyril Ramaphosa has dealt a severe blow to Zuma and ...

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