The SABC office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.  Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
The SABC office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The inspector-general of intelligence is investigating allegations of State Security Agency surveillance of employees of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and interception of their communications.

Jay Govender, legal adviser of the inspector-general of intelligence, Setlhomamaru Isaac Dintwe, confirmed the probe in an e-mail to Business Day, after the DA laid a complaint.

Evidence led during the SABC ad-hoc committee hearings was that the agency had investigated staff members after they had allegedly leaked information about the broadcaster.

DA deputy chief whip Mike Waters said in March he would write to Dintwe to request that he conduct an investigation into the allegations made by SABC journalists during the hearings into the SABC that their communications were monitored and intercepted by the agency.

In response to a parliamentary question by Waters, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said Judge Yvonne Mokgoro had not authorised the agency to intercept communications of any individuals said to be working for the SABC in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years and since April 1 2016.

Mokgoro was the judge who should have given permission for any communication to be intercepted in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years in terms of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act.

Waters said in March that if Mokgoro had not authorised the alleged tapping, "it is possible that it was done without authorisation," a criminal offence that must be "treated with the seriousness it deserves".

Former SABC GM of labour relations Madiwe Nkosi told the parliamentary inquiry into the broadcaster that the agency was asked to investigate the former group executive of risk and governance‚ Itani Tseisi‚ for allegedly leaking information.

State Security Agency spokesman Brian Dube said it always co-operated with the investigations of the inspector-general and that he was the authority on such matters.

Waters said on Monday that he had not received any feedback on his complaint from the inspector-general.

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