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saa thumb medium95 76The Star reports that the Zondo commission into state capture has heard how South African Airways (SAA) executives and others were subjected to invasive and personal questions by the State Security Agency (SSA) as part of the agency’s efforts to protect access to classified information.  

SSA evaluator and analyst Nokunqoba Dlamini took the stand at the inquiry on Wednesday.  The commission's evidence leader Kate Hofmeyr explained that in discussions in 2015 between the then minister of state security, David Mahlobo, and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene it was decided that SAA executives had to be vetted in line with SSA's mandate.  A total of 118 SAA executives and support staff employees were in the event subjected to the vetting process.  The SSA's vetting process included four stages; the administration phase, the interview phase, the polygraph phase and the analysis stage.  Hofmeyr questioned Dlamini on the personal nature of the interview questions posed to SAA employees and put it that the following were covered:  "You get asked whether your family, brother, sister and parents abused drugs? You get asked whether any of your family members had psychological therapy?" You get asked if you had your life over again would you marry your spouse?  You are asked about whether you are social and go to bars and clubs, you are asked about whether you are the type of person who is impulsive, you are asked which stores you have accounts with, you are asked about whether you attend a church, you are asked about whether you are a member of a political party? You are asked about your role in a political organisation and then you are asked about your personality?”  Dlamini accepted that these questions were deeply personal.  All of the SAA staff members were asked these questions during the vetting process.  Seven of those executives resigned based on the questions and personal nature of the process.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zintle Mahlati at Independent News
  • Read too, Commission told that SAA officials were subjected to 'deeply invasive' security vetting during Myeni's time at helm, at News24

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