“Cabinet condemns in strongest terms the leaking of documents that may put the security of the country in jeopardy,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.
Briefing journalists at Parliament following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting on Wednesday, he said the executive welcomed the SSA’s current investigation into the matter.
Documents from several international spy agencies were leaked to international news network Al Jazeera, which last week started broadcasting and publishing their contents.
The documents cover the period 2006 to 2012. Among other things, they reveal details of the activities of Mossad, Israel’s secret service agency, in South Africa, as well as efforts by Iran to use the country to find its way around international sanctions.
Radebe said leaking the documents detailing the SSA’s operations was illegal.
“Cabinet reiterates the message by State Security Minister David Mahlobo that such conduct undermines operational effectiveness of the work to secure the country and its borders,” he said.