Inspector General's security clearance reinstated

Inspector General's security clearance reinstated

The State Security Minister intervened shortly before the intelligence watchdog's urgent court application was set to be heard.

Setlhomamaru Dintwe, Inspector General of Intelligence - large
Office of the Inspector General of Intelligence

The Minister of State Security has set aside the withdrawal of the Inspector-General of Intelligence's (IGI) security clearance.


Setlhomamaru Dintwe's urgent court application suddenly disappeared from the public eye this morning, with his lawyers refusing to comment.


But Dintwe's office released a statement hours later, confirming he will return to work immediately.

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"The Minister and the acting Director General has further confirmed that the Inspector General will be provided with all classified information required for the execution of his functions," reads the statement.


Dintwe has accused Arthur Fraser of deliberately interfering in the functioning of his office in attempts to frustrate an investigation into Fraser himself.


Fraser has denied the accusations in court documents.


He also denies allegations that he forged a minister's signature to set up an illegal intelligence gathering programme and awarded contract to relatives.


Fraser was however moved to head up Correctional services this week amidst the fallout with the security agency's watchdog.


Dintwe adds the investigation into Fraser's alleged conduct will continue as he has a 'prima facie' case to answer.


The minister and the newly appointed Acting Director-General of State Security Loyiso Jafta have both undertaken "to the Court and the Inspector General, that they will not interfere with and cooperate with the Inspector General’s investigations".


Dintwe adds his court bid to secure more independence for his office will continue.

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