Report of SSA misleading - govt

Johannesburg - A weekend report on the State Security Agency employing the children of ministers and politically connected people is misleading, government said on Tuesday.

"It was quite misleading for the newspaper to report on few children, compared to the size of the enrolment at the [State Security] academy," spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement.

"All citizens have the constitutional right to apply for any employment, as long as they meet the requirements - even if it is within the public service."

She said the report by the Sunday Times was mischievous because it insinuated that the agency had become an employment agency for the children of ministers and other high-profile officials due to political nepotism.

"This report actually misleads the public and creates an impression that most of the students attending the academy are the children of politicians. In fact, this faceless report is far from the truth," Williams said.

The newspaper reported that according to an intelligence document, the children of Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete were hand-picked for the intelligence academy.

An unnamed insider told the publication there was no recruitment process that allowed the agency to choose the best candidates.

The Sunday Times did not respond to a request for comment.

Robert Robinson 2014-08-26 10:27:05 PM
Lies lies lies
Archie Dempster 2014-08-26 10:51:58 PM
They need their children in those positions so they can report what is happening there
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-27 02:10:47 AM
10 million wasted votes, damn
BLUESILVER2012 2014-08-27 05:02:03 AM
South African Government is by default employment agency for the REJECTS of the ANC...they cannot make it in the REAL world and have to feed off taxpayers like parasites. Their offspring want the good life and the backlash will come when Middle income BLACK people start to rebel...and it's already starting so goodluck...parasites.
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-27 06:07:43 AM
What a lovely piece of propaganda, has the usual smell of the anc manure.
Barbara Smith 2014-08-27 06:19:28 AM
Organised crime at its best
Bernd Kankowski 2014-08-27 06:31:31 AM
The government has a history of employing family members, friends and connected people. It has been reported on numerous occasions. Even if they were not properly qualified. Zuma's daughter just landed herself a position that she is not properly experienced for, as reported in papers. Was it properly advertised? The corrupt government has done it with impunity. They want to get rid of labour brokers but yet they themselves behave like family labour brokers. That is why we have a non functioning government
Gary Johnson 2014-08-27 06:44:13 AM
Whenever they open their mouths to make a statement, I don't believe one word. It's lies lies and more lies. Pathetic leadership or what is supposed to be leadership
Sokhela Sakhile 2014-08-27 06:55:39 AM
"All citizens have the constitutional right to apply for any employment, as long as they meet the requirements - even if it is within the public service.". WHAT the Flipping Hell "But also bear in mind not all citizens get the job by their qualifications and requirements cos they'll be handpicked by the ANC Recruitment Agency" that's why Ngqkula Said "Its English" hahahaha.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-27 08:19:18 AM
And........ denial is not just a river in Africa. The truth would be a new experience for the government.