Intelligence reports into July unrest will not be publicly disclosed yet, says security agency

A member of a hazardous waste clean-up crew at a warehouse targeted during looting in Durban in July. File photo.
A member of a hazardous waste clean-up crew at a warehouse targeted during looting in Durban in July. File photo.
Image: REUTERS/ROGAN WARD

The State Security Agency (SSA) says SA must await the parliament review process and outcome of the president’s expert panel to learn its input into the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July.

In a statement, the SSA said a Promotion of Access to Information Act request had been lodged by the DA, requesting the agency to make public its intelligence reports on the riots and looting that engulfed the two provinces.

“The agency has denied the request because due processes by both the Office of the President and parliament are under way to investigate the circumstances leading to the unrest and to assess the response of government to the unrest,” said the SSA.

SSA acting director-general Ambassador Gab Msimang said the request by the DA was tantamount to jumping the gun.

“We have made submissions to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence regarding all of this and the DA is represented in the committee,” he said.

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