Presidency Minister now also SSA boss


Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele has an added responsibility, that of “political responsibility for the control and direction of the State Security Agency (SSA)”.

The announcement was made yesterday (Monday, 17 January) by President Cyril Ramaphosa and adds another task to those Gungubele already has. In addition to his duties as Ramaphosa’s point man for communications it is generally accepted, although defenceWeb has asked for and remains uninformed, of him being chair of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

He would have taken over this position from previous Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu who died in January last year.

There has also been no word from The Presidency on Thandi Modise replacing Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the NCACC. The former National Assembly Speaker replaced Mapisa-Nqakula as Defence and Military Veterans Minister last August in a straight swop of positions between the two.

Zizi Kodwa retains his position as Deputy State Security Minister.

The additional responsibility given to Gungubele is according to a Presidency statement “in line with his (Ramaphosa’s) announcement of 5 August that the Ministry of State Security would be done away with and political responsibility for the SSA would reside in The Presidency”.

Naming a new political head for SSA in is line with the Constitution (Section 209 [2]). It addresses governance of South Africa’s intelligence services, empowers Ramaphosa to assume political responsibility for intelligence services other than those of the police or national defence force, or to designate a Cabinet Minister to assume this responsibility.