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Ministry of Intelligence Services: Overview

The Ministry for Intelligence Services was established on 1 September 1996 and assists the Minister for Intelligence in:
  • the supervision and general superintendence of the intelligence services
  • policy formulation
  • guidance and direction of the transformation process, and the general conduct of intelligence.

The National Strategic Intelligence Amendment Act, 1998 was approved by the National Council of Provinces in August 1998. The Act ensures that the Minister and the intelligence services focus sufficiently on flashpoints when necessary.

The Minister is responsible for policy and legislation development with regard to intelligence services and for:

  • implementing national policy and legislation
  • co-ordinating the functions of the National Intelligence Agency and South African Secret Service
  • preparing and initiating legislation
  • performing any other executive function provided for in the Constitution or in national legislation

The Minister is also responsible for ensuring effective co-operation between the civilian intelligence services, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the South African Police Services (SAPS), in consultation with the relevant Ministers.


The content on this page was last updated on 20 August 2013