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Wednesday, 15 November 2023 11:52

State Security Agency head Thembisile Majola resigns.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

State Security Agency (SSA) Director-General Ambassador Thembisile Cheryl Majola, has resigned from her top position after a short stint, the Presidency confirmed on Wednesday. 

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the resignation of Majola and wished her well in all her future endeavours.  

"Majola commenced her role at SSA on 1 March 2022 and her resignation, by mutual consent with the President, will be effective as of 30 November 2023. 

"The President has expressed his appreciation to Majola for her contribution to the reform and rebuilding of the State Security Agency," Magwenya said.

Majola was the first permanent Director-General of the agency since Arthur Fraser left in 2018. The position was held in an acting capacity by Loyiso Jafta and Gab Msimanga in that period. 

She is a former deputy minister of energy and was SA's ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

Majola has held several positions in the presidency and was a deputy co-ordinator in the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee.

She also served as an observer on behalf of Ramaphosa to the trilateral negotiations on the Grand Renaissance Dam during South Africa's tenure as chair of the African Union in 2020.