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SOUTH AFRICA - 13 Jun 2022

Ex-South African spy chief appointed new ambassador to South Sudan

South Africa’s former State Security Agency domestic intelligence branch boss Mahlodi Sam Muofhe has been appointed the new ambassador to South Sudan.

“Hopefully I will be able to make a difference in terms of ensuring good relationships between our country and South Sudan,” Muofhe told News24 on Saturday.

He said he would also look at where the two countries could work together on matters of mutual interest.

Muofhe was the former head of the SSA’s domestic branch, where he focused on rooting out corruption, which resulted in several criminal cases being opened against employees at the agency.

News24 reported that Mahlodi testified before the Zondo Commission about corruption and wrongdoing at the SSA.

Before joining the SSA, Muofhe acted as special advisor for former minister of mineral resources and later of public service and administration, Advocate Ngoako Ramathlodi.

He was also the chief governance officer at the Special Investigating Unit.

Muofhe's career has led him to work for all three levels of government: local, provincial and national.