Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s claims that the NIA was monitoring her calls are not true.
She made the claims on Tuesday, 8 March 2010, during a debate in the provincial legislature.
We are very saddened by such claims coming from her given that our Western Cape office works very closely with her office, providing intelligence products to support the work of government.
The Premier had raised her concerns in 2009 and she was assured by the senior management of the agency that she is not being monitored. We wonder why she chooses to do so now, in the year of local government elections.
For the record, we dispute such claims and we refuse to be drawn into party political debates. Our work is strictly governed by legislation and we have a number of oversight structures that ensure we execute our mandate within the prescripts of the law.
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Issued by: Ministry of State Security
9 Mar 2011