Saturday, 27 March 2021 20:41

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Acting director general of State Security Agency (SSA) Loyiso Jafta has been axed and replaced by head of the National Intelligence (NICOC) Ambassador Gab Msimanga.

Jafta's axing comes a few months after he gave evidence at the state capture commission on the looting at SSA.

State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo had tried to block him from giving evidence, but her bid failed.

This came after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had rejected the minister's application.

He was appointed to the position after the departure of former DG Arthur Fraser to the department of correctional services in April 2018.

When appointing Jafta, the security ministry listed his career achievements:

  • He holds a B Luris degree from the Walter Sisulu University.
  • His experience in the intelligence field dates back to his days in uMkhonto weSizwe when he served as an analyst in the department of intelligence and security.
  • He has served in many roles which include as an analyst within the Counter Intelligence division of the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA), client liaison officer at the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee, and convenor of the Provincial Intelligence Coordinating Committee for KwaZulu-Natal.
  • He was also tasked with responsibility over the justice, crime prevention and security and international relations, peace and security clusters as a member of the policy coordination and advisory services unit in the presidency.
  • He previously served as head of the National Communication Centre, a signals intelligence entity that fell under the NIA.
  • He is credited with leading the policy framework on people in remand detention.

SSA spokesperson Mava Scott could not be reached for comment.