CIO and South Africa’s intelligence agency spied on Zim NGOs

THE Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and its South African counterpart coordinated plans to spy on “subversive” non-governmental and media organisations in the two countries.

The collaboration is revealed in South African espionage secrets leaked to the Doha-headquartered global news network Al Jazeera, and British newspaper The Guardian.

Cables released Wednesday revealed that the South African state security agency planned with its Zimbabwean counterpart to spy on “rogue” non-governmental organisations and “subversive” media.

One of the documents is a “joint action plan” between the South African State Security Agency (SSA) and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to share intelligence on threats to their countries, and to “monitor and exchange information on rogue NGOs.”

The cables also revealed a plot to assassinate the African Union Commission chief and South Africa’s ex-foreign affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Addis Ababa in 2012.

The official opposition the Democratic Alliance said the leaks are “likely to be the cause of considerable embarrassment” to the state security agency.


The South Africa government has launched an investigation into the leak, the country’s state security minister said Wednesday.

“A full investigation has been launched into the purported leakage,” Minister David Mahlobo said in a statement.

“The leaking of the purported documents detailing operational details of the State Security Agency is condemned in the strongest possible terms.”

The leaked documents dating from 2006 to late 2014 consist mainly of communications between South Africa’s intelligence agency and other services around the world, such as Britain’s MI6, Russian intelligence and the CIA.-AFP