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UPDATE | SSA confirms Loyiso Jafta replaced as acting director-general of the SSA

Acting Director General at the State Security Agency (SSA), Loyiso Jafta testifies at the Commission of Inquiry.


Acting Director General at the State Security Agency (SSA), Loyiso Jafta testifies at the Commission of Inquiry.

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  • The acting director-general of State Security is no longer at its helm.
  • His acting term has lapsed.
  • The head of the national intelligence co-ordinating committee (NICOC), Ambassador Gab Msimanga, is now acting in that position.

The acting director-general of the State Security Agency (SSA), Loyiso Jafta, has been replaced as the head of the spy agency after his acting term lapsed. 

News24 understands the head of the national intelligence co-ordinating committee (NICOC), Ambassador Gab Msimang, is said to be acting in the position for two months.

SSA spokesperson Mava Scott said: “I can confirm that Ambassador Msimang has been appointed as Acting Director General at SSA. The acting period of Mr. Jafta has ended. Between now and the 1st of April, the former Acting DG will be handing over as this will also be the beginning of the new financial year”. 

This follows public tension between Jafta and Intelligence Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

He has been acting in the position since 2018. 

Dlodlo said Jafta had undermined her authority by testifying before the Zondo commission last month after her attempt to stop him from doing so. 

They are said to have clashed again when Jafta authorised a summons by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Investigative Directorate to raid the SSA’s headquarters, Musanda. This led to a stand-off between the country’s top spies and investigators. 

News24 understands that Jafta’s removal as the acting head of the SSA was sanctioned by President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

A process to appoint a permanent director-general is said to be underway.   


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