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THE "tainted" record of newly-appointed secret service head Moe Shaik left much to be desired, the Azanian People's Organisation charged yesterday.
"The intelligence wing of our country has been riddled with embarrassing issues ..." Azapo general secretary Strike Thokoane said after a weekend meeting of its central committee in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
President Jacob Zuma was known to have benefited from intelligence - some of which was obtained from Shaik, Thokoane said, noting that concerns had been raised about whether this would have held up to judicial scrutiny.
It had been necessary to stabilise the intelligence wing "with people of integrity whose standing in society cannot be questioned".
Moe Shaik is the brother of convicted fraudster Shabir Shaik - the former financial adviser of Zuma who was granted medical parole - and is himself a close associate of Zuma, in whose presidential campaign he is said to have played a key role.
While his appointment has been widely criticised by political parties as a reward for this loyalty to Zuma, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said he was appointed because of his vast experience in intelligence matters.
"He (Shaik) served in the international underground structures of the ANC in Natal. His duties involved collection and analysis of intelligence at the coalface," Cwele said.
Shaik has served as an ambassador, special adviser to the minister of foreign affairs and head of the policy research unit.
"This appointment has clearly been made to consolidate the Zuma faction's hold over the South African intelligence community," said DA MP Theo Coetzee.
It was inappropriate for the president's close personal friend and brother of the man convicted for his "generally corrupt relationship" with the president to be appointed to such a senior post in intelligence, Coetzee said.
Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said Shaik's appointment was "concerning" as he had proved himself to be an unprofessional person.
FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald said Shaik's appointment should have been avoided because of his "controversial family ties" with Zuma,
In the secret service industry, any form of controversy should always be avoided, he said. - Sapa