The Minister of State Security (formerly the Minister of Intelligence Services) is a Minister of the South African government, who oversees South Africa's civilian intelligence agencies. As of 2009[update] the Minister of State Security is Siyabonga Cwele.
History[edit | edit source]
In 1994, the intelligence service affairs were subordinated to the Minister of Justice. In 1995, Joe Nhlanhla became Deputy Minister of Justice with responsibility for intelligence affairs. In 1999, Nhlanhla became the first Minister of the new Intelligence Services ministry, and in 2004 he was succeeded by Ronnie Kasrils. Kasrils was in turn succeeded by Cwele in 2008. When Jacob Zuma was elected president in 2009 he renamed the post to Minister of State Security, but kept Cwele in the job.
Agencies[edit | edit source]
The following entities fall under the oversight of the Minister of State Security:
- National Intelligence Agency
- South African Secret Service
- National Intelligence Co-Ordinating Committee
- South African National Academy of Intelligence