A report on the country’s intelligence agency has laid bare how former president Jacob Zuma used its machinery and resources for political ends. The redacted report has called for widescale reform of the State Security Agency (SSA) and how it is held to account in the aftermath of Zuma’s decade-long destructive influence on its operations. Allegations have long been made about Zuma’s impact on the intelligence structures, and the report, which was conducted as part of a high-level review of the SSA, has confirmed this. The report and the recommendations, compiled by a panel chaired by Sydney Mufamadi, has been handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is still studying it. The panel recommended that the SSA should again be split up into foreign and domestic intelligence structures. This was announced by Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address in February. Ramaphosa also announced the re-establishment of a national security council, in line with the recommendations. One of the ma...

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