How McBride spy saga in Mozambique weakened SADC’s trust in SA

A deeper dig into the whistleblower activity that led to Robert McBride’s suspension

19 July 2021 - 19:35

The world of espionage is murky at the best of times. The recent ‘arrest’ of SA State Security Agency (SSA) operatives in Mozambique, and the subsequent suspension of SSA foreign branch chief Robert McBride, reveals a truth far stranger than fiction. ERIKA GIBSON sheds some light on a bizarre tale.

Two weeks ago the details of a “doomed” SSA operation was published in City Press and other news platforms. In essence, it came down to four SSA operatives being arrested – with drones – and held in Mozambique for nine days. It was claimed that the operation was not sanctioned by the SSA, SA or the Mozambican authorities...

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