Barely five months into the job, State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is accused of abusing her powers by instructing the country's domestic spy boss to unlawfully intercept telephone calls without the authority of a judge.
News24 can reveal that Dlodlo allegedly instructed advocate Sam Muofhe, the newly appointed head of the State Security Agency (SSA)'s domestic branch, to monitor the communication of a man in early September, without an order from a judge. News24 understands that the man was alleged to be linked to the xenophobic violence that caused havoc in Gauteng in early September.
In terms of South African law, it is illegal to intercept someone's communications without the authority of a judge.
Muofhe allegedly refused to carry out Dlodlo's unlawful order and told her it was against the law to do so.
In response to questions from News24, Muofhe directed queries to Dlodlo's spokesperson, Mava Scott.
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