President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed former Deputy energy minister Thembisile Majola as permanent boss of the State Security Agency on Monday night.
Majola’s one-year stint as the director-general of the SSA kicks in on Tuesday, March 1. It is a year contract.
Ramaphosa said in a statement: “The appointment of Majola is an important part of our work to stabilise the country’s intelligence services. Her extensive experience in government, international relations and security makes her well placed to lead the reform and rebuilding of the State Security Agency.
“Her appointment is expected to give greater impetus to the implementation of the report of the SSA High Level Review Panel and the recommendations of the Expert Panel into the July 2021 unrest.”
Majola is the first permanent DG of the agency since Arthur Fraser left in 2018. The position has been held in an acting capacity by Loyiso Jafta and Gab Msimanga in that period.
Majola was at different times South Africa’s envoy to Cape Verde, Gambia,Senegal, Mauritania, and Guinea Bissau.
“She has held several positions in the presidency and was a deputy co-ordinator in the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee (NICOC). She was the observer on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the trilateral negotiations on the Grand Renaissance Dam during SA’s tenure as chair of the AU in 2020,” the statement read.
She holds a Bachelors in civil engineering (Camaguey, Cuba) and a Masters in civil engineering.
The presidency said her appointment came after assurances from Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address that he would fill critical vacancies in the country’s security services.
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