President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed activist lawyer and former adviser to ex-mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, Advocate Mahlodi Sam Muofhe as the new head of the domestic branch of the State Security Agency (SSA).
Muofhe’s appointment by Ramaphosa was in agreement with State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.
In February, during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) the president said he was going to re-establish the two arms of the intelligence service, focusing on domestic and foreign intelligence.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to repurpose the SSA in general and the domestic branch, in particular, to work tirelessly within the confines of our Constitution, the Intelligence Act and other enabling acts and policies,” said Muofhe.
“The agency properly focused on achieving its legislative mandate and can play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of our country and serve the people of South Africa distinctively.”
“It’s absolutely critical to comprehend that the intelligence service in a democratic dispensation such as ours, if properly managed, can save the country from all the ills of corruption and maladministration afflicting our country both in the public as well as the private sector, respectively,” he added.
Muofhe was previously employed at the SSA as a special adviser to former minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.
“In the agency from the time when I joined initially as a special adviser to former minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, to now in my new position as the director: domestic branch of SSA, exposed me to many outstanding women and men from various disciplines.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.