State Security Agency spied on activists, unions: panel

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JOHANNESBURG - The State Security Agency was used to fight factional battles under former President Jacob Zuma according to the findings of a high-level panel review of the country's intelligence service.

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Led by former minister Sydney Mufamadi, the panel found that manipulation of the agency came from the top.

It says parallel structures directly served the personal and political interests of the president, and some ministers, all in complete breach of the Constitution.

The agency interfered in the Fees Must Fall and labour movements and tried to manipulate media coverage to counter bad publicity for Zuma.

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Undercover agents were illegally assigned to protect the former chairperson of SAA, the ANC Youth League President and the former Hawks head.

The term "cash cow" is used in the report to describe what the State Security became for many of its members and external stakeholders.