If the mess in SA’s security cluster is not fixed, we are in trouble
July’s unrest revealed the damage that years of politicking in the police force, defence force and SSA has done
Did anyone in the security cluster have advance knowledge of the planned unrest? And if so, who? What role did the ministers play in the run-up to and during events — and what is their role in the aftermath?
Intelligence usually emanates from the State Security Agency (SSA), which will notify police if there is a specific threat. If it is of a serious nature, the president will be informed directly by minister of state security Ayanda Dlodlo. The police will then see to it that members in affected areas are informed and prepared.
The minister of defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, would be part of the group because the defence force has to act in the country’s interest. Risk analyst Dr Nel Marais, who has an intelligence background, says there are a number of circumstances in which the SSA may ask for input from the defence force and police. ..