2022-w663 - 11 July 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What number of senior officials of the State Security Agency (SSA) complied with Regulation 18 of the Public Service Regulations and made financial disclosures in the (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, (c) 2016-17, (d) 2017-18, (e) 2018 19, (f) 2019-20 and (g) 2020-21 financial years; (2) whether the SSA has taken any steps against any senior officials who did not comply with Regulation 18 in the specified financial years; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 11 Jul 2022

The reply to this parliamentary question has been logged with the Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI).

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2022-w345 - 11 July 2022

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)What legislative steps and measures have been put in place currently in accordance with section 209(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to ensure that (a) the (i) functions, (ii) operations, (iii) resources and (iv) means of the Security Cluster are not abused and (b) all and/or any of its activities are measurable and accountable to its objectives as stated above; (2) what means, procedures and/or controls have been put in place to pro-actively and pre-emptively detect and address any abuse of positions and resources?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 11 Jul 2022

(1)(a)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(b)

Section 209 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, provides that “ any intelligence service, other than any intelligence division of the defence force or police, may be established only by the President, as head of the national executive, and only in terms of national legislation”. In 2013, the President, as head of the National Executive and through a ...

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2022-w664 - 11 July 2022

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1)Whether he has found that any senior officials within the State Security Agency (SSA) did not comply with Regulation 18 of the Public Service Regulations and failed to make financial disclosures in this regard; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the specified noncompliance; (2) whether senior officials of the SSA are exempt from complying with the provisions of the Regulations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, on what basis are they exempted from complying with the provisions of the Regulations?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 11 Jul 2022

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2022-w2184 - 01 July 2022

Tsholofelo Katlego Motshidi-Bodlani to ask the Minister in the Presidency

(1) Noting that the Government Communications Information System (GCIS) publishes the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper which is distributed digitally and physically countrywide and is the only national publication that is focused on the key priorities of the Government, with an emphasis on service delivery programmes and the opportunities created by the Government, what systems does GCIS have in place in order to measure the impact of the specified publication?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 1 Jul 2022


GCIS conducts impact assessment of GCIS products/publications through primary research using independent service providers under the management of the GCIS research unit. In terms of Vuk'uzenzele, impact studies are undertaken using both quantitative and qualitative research on the print and digital versions. The research is conducted to assess awareness, required content detail and relevance. The research also informs changes to format, content or platform ...

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2022-w2185 - 01 July 2022

Tsholofelo Katlego Motshidi-Bodlani to ask the Minister in the Presidency

With regard to the recruitment of 22 graduate interns in line with the Presidential Youth Employment Programme in the 2021-22 financial year with the aim of alleviating unemployment amongst young graduates and providing opportunities to gain work experience, what (a) are the details of how the graduates were recruited, (b) is the duration of the internship, (c) is the total cost of the programme to the Office of the Presidency and (d) support is given to the graduates when they exit the programme?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 1 Jul 2022

(a) What are the details of how the graduates were recruited?

 The advert was published through the DPSA Public Service Vacancy Circular;

 Received applications were recorded and screened;

 Prospective Candidates were shortlisted as per the departmental Recruitment and Selection Policy;

 Interviews were conducted;

 Recommended candidates were subjected to suitability checks including( criminal records and verification of qualifications);

 Successful ...

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2022-w2183 - 01 July 2022

Tsholofelo Katlego Motshidi-Bodlani to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether his Office has put in place any plans in order to refurbish the (a) studios and (b) Imbizo Centre that are located within Parliament and are reportedly no longer utilised as a result of technological infrastructural challenges; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the full plans, including the (i) costs and (ii) timelines?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 1 Jul 2022

a) GCIS can confirm that the Imbizo Centre and Cape Town Radio station are not operating due to technological infrastructure challenges. We have set aside in our current baseline a budget over the next three years to refurbish the Imbizo centre. With the available budget, it is envisaged that the refurbishment will be completed in the 2024/2025 financial year.

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2022-w1727 - 28 June 2022

Zandile Majozi to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether, in light of the fact that cybercrime poses, among others, very real physical, political and digital risks his Office has put any plans in place to (a) update the Policy Framework and (b) keep it up to date, considering the fast-moving pace of digital innovations; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 28 Jun 2022

(a) and (b) Yes. The Cybersecurity Response Committee (CRC) under the Chairpersonship of the State Security Agency (SSA) meets regularly to assess progress on the implementation of the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework in order to ensure adequacy of measures for implementation of the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework, to identify gaps and ways to plug them including appropriate remedial steps with a view to keep-up-to-date ...

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2022-w2150 - 24 June 2022

Masefako Clarah Dikgale to ask the Minister in the Presidency

What (a) steps does the State Security Agency (SSA) intend to take regarding the implementation of recommendations made in the Report of the High-Level Review Panel into the SSA, (b) What are the reasons that the implementation has taken so long and (c) What are the timelines for such implementation?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 24 Jun 2022

(a) In order to expedite the implementation of the High Level Review Panel (HLRP) Report Recommendations, coordination of work on the implementation of the Recommendations has now been relocated to the Office of the Director-General in the State Security Agency (SSA).

(b) The reasons include required consultation process on General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB).

(c) Consultation on revised timeline by the State Security ...

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2022-w2075 - 24 June 2022

Mathibe Rebecca Mohlala to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether he has been informed that cybercrime has recently become increasingly popular in the Republic, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what preventative measures have been put in place by the State Security Agency to curb cybercrime?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 24 Jun 2022

Yes. The threat landscape of cybercriume is evolving rapidly and is increasingly becoming a national security concern. Cyberthreats have grown at an alarming rate over the past two years. This is partly due to an increase in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, it is imperative to ensure the protection of state information and improve the cybersecurity posture.

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2022-w2127 - 24 June 2022

Dianne Kohler Barnard to ask the Minister in the Presidency

Whether he has obtained a top secret security clearance yet; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date is it envisaged that he will obtain a top secret security clearance; if so, on what date was the top security clearance obtained?

Reply from the Minister in the Presidency on 24 Jun 2022

a) No. Chapter 5 of the Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS), specially section 1.5 stipulate that political appointees are not required to be vetted unless requested to do so by the President.

b) Falls away.

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