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President Jacob Zuma has appointed a new head for the State Security Agency (SSA), following the departure of its director general in August.

Arthur Fraser has been appointed as the new director general and accounting officer of the SSA with effect from Monday, September 26, the Ministry of State Security has confirmed.

He will be replacing Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe, who left the agency after three years at the helm.

The department says Fraser has previously been the Deputy Director General for operations in the agency.

But it’s also been claimed that he’s played a role in handing the spy tapes to President Jacob Zuma. In 2009, it was believed he had given Zuma the recordings of conversations that were used to withdraw the corruption charges against him.

Fraser has also been accused of first supporting former president Thabo Mbeki and then switching his support to now President Zuma.

 

State Security Minister David Mahlobo said he believed Fraser was up to the job.

“We believe Mr Fraser is equal to the task and will provide the necessary leadership that will ensure the Agency is able to deliver on its constitutional and legal mandate of upholding national security,” he said in a statement.