In the next few days, President Cyril Ramaphosa will establish a review panel to look at whether or not the State Security Agency (SSA) and the intelligence services need to be restructured. "I will shortly be setting up a review panel to assess the structure of the agency relative to its mandate, and inquire into its systems and capacity," Ramaphosa said during a question and answer session in the National Assembly on Tuesday. "I have also instructed the minister of state security to take the necessary steps to attend to all governance and operational challenges confronting the agency and to work to restore the public’s confidence in this critical institution," he said. The country’s intelligence services have been dogged by scandals in recent times amid claims that they are being abused for political reasons. In April, the DA said it would approach the Constitutional Court to have controversial former director-general of the SSA Arthur Fraser’s appointment as national commissioner...

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