Minister orders top South African spies to quit

September 11, 2011 17:56

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's state security minister has ordered three top intelligence officials to resign as divisions emerge in the country's spy community ahead of crucial elections to select a ruling ANC leader next year, local media reported on Sunday.

Siyabonga Cwele told the heads of the State Security Agency's (SSA) foreign and domestic services and SSA head Jeff Maqetuka to quit after a row over government protection for his wife, a convicted drug dealer, City Press newspaper reported.

Media reports said the SSA announced on Friday the resignation of Gibson Njenje, head of the domestic intelligence gathering service. The Sunday Independent newspaper said his resignation was linked to the succession battle in the African National Congress (ANC).

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