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State Security Agency Director-General Resigns

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Johnathan Paoli

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the resignation of State Security Agency (SSA) Director-General, Ambassador Thembisile Cheryl Majola.

Majola commenced her role at SSA on 1 March 2022 and her resignation, by mutual consent with the President, will be effective as of 30 November 2023.

The President has expressed his appreciation to Majola for her contribution to the reform and rebuilding of the SSA and wished Majola well in all of her future endeavours, the Presidency said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Majola was the first permanent Director-General of the agency since Arthur Fraser left in 2018. The position was held in an acting capacity by Loyiso Jafta and Gab Msimanga in that period.

Majola was the former Deputy Minister of Energy and was South Africa’s ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Gambia and Guinea Bissau.

In addition, the former DG has held several positions in the Presidency and was a Deputy Coordinator in the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee (NICOC).

Majola also served as an observer on behalf of Ramaphosa to the trilateral negotiations on the Grand Renaissance Dam during South Africa’s tenure as chair of the African Union in 2020.

It remains unconfirmed who will be appointed to the position replacing Majola.


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