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Former intelligence boss Arthur Fraser — named “the spy who saved Zuma” — has hit out at the high-level review panel for finding that rogue elements in the State Security Agency (SSA) were doing the bidding of ANC factions. Ramaphosa established the panel to assess the mandate, capacity and, organisational integrity of the SSA. According to the presidency, the main objective of the review panel was “to assist in ensuring a responsible and accountable national intelligence capability for the country in line with the constitution and relevant legislation”. The panel’s findings directly linked former president Jacob Zuma’s term in office to the use of the SSA to fight factional political battles and alleged that the agency had performed illegal operations on behalf of an ANC faction that supported Zuma.  It also found that the agency spied on civil society organisations and infiltrated the Fees Must Fall movement. Zuma admonished the report on Twitter, saying that he was not intervie...

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