State security – Minister and department

Among the areas of focus of the SSA are the folllowing matters of national interest:

Terrorism, which refers to deliberate and premeditated attempts to create terror through symbolic acts involving the use or threats of lethal force for creating psychological effects that will influence a target group or individual and translate it into political or material results.
President Jacob Zuma, when appointing his Cabinet in May 2009, tasked the Ministers of State Security, Police, Defence, Home Affairs, Justice and Correctional Services to review the structures of the civillian intelligence community with the aim of developing a more effective and efficient intelligence architecture.

Ms DP LETSATSI-DUBA

PROFILE OF MS DP LETSATSI-DUBA, MP, MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY

Honourable Dipuo Bertha Letsatsi-Duba is the Minister of State Security of the Republic of South Africa following appointment by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa to the portfolio on 27 February 2018.

The Minister has extensive training and experience in governance and on the legislature, having served in several leadership positions within provincial and national governments and as a Member of Parliament.

Ms Letsatsi-Duba holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations obtained in 1985 from Havana, Cuba.  The Minister also holds an International Advanced Diploma (equivalent to an honours degree) in Mass Communications conferred in 1992 by Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe.  In 2011, Ms Letsatsi-Duba was awarded an Advanced Certificate in Leadership and Governance in Public Policy from the Wits Governance School.  The Minister completed a Diploma in Public Policy in 2013 and is currently reading towards a master’s degree in Public Policy with the Wits School of Governance.

Minister Letsatsi-Duba was born and raised in Gauteng.  She left the country in 1982 to join the African National Congress (ANC) and Umkontho we Sizwe.  Whilst in exile, she worked at the ANC’s headquarters in the Department of Information and Publicity as the Editor-in-Chief of the party’s Women’s Journal: Voice of Women.  Upon return from exile, Hon Letsatsi-Duba was appointed Media Liaison Officer at the ANC’s headquarters, Shell House. 

In 1996, Ms Letsatsi-Duba relocated to Limpopo where she went into business.  Between 2000 and 2002, the ANC appointed Ms Letsatsi-Duba as a member of the Interim Leadership Core Group which was mandated to restructure the ANC’s Capricorn region.  Ms Letsatsi-Duba was appointed as a board member of the Limpopo Development Agency (LIMDEV) that oversaw the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee between 2003 and 2008.

In 2007, Ms Letsatsi-Duba was elected to serve on the ANC’s Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).  Subsequent to her role in the PEC, she was elected as Provincial Treasurer of ANC Limpopo at the 2008 provincial conference.  Ms Letsatsi-Duba now serves on the ANC’s highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

In 2009, Minister Letsatsi-Duba was appointed as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture in the Provincial Government of Limpopo.  Subsequent to her role as MEC for Agriculture, she was appointed in 2012 as MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture and was re-deployed in 2013 as MEC for Health and Social Development.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Minister for Pubic Service and Administration in April 2017, Minister Letsatsi-Duba served as the chairperson for the Public Enterprises Portfolio in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

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President Jacob Zuma, when appointing his Cabinet in May 2009, tasked the Ministers of State Security, Police, Defence, Home Affairs, Justice and Correctional Services to review the structures of the civillian intelligence community with the aim of developing a more effective and efficient intelligence architecture.

The State Security Agency (SSA) is the new organisation that has been created as part of this review process.  The SSA is being developed through a phased approach with the ultimate aim of improving efficiency and effectiveness.

The mandate of the SSA is to provide the government with intelligence on domestic and foreign threats or potential threats to national stability, the constitutional order, and the safety and wellbeing of our people.  Examples of such threats are terrorism, sabotage and subversion.  This allows the government to implement policies to deal with potential threats and to better understand existing threats and thus improve their policies.

The final organisational structure will see the following structures collapsed into the SSA as branches, with each branch lead by a head, accountable to the Director General:

  • The National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
  • The South African Secret Service (SASS)
  • The South African National Academy of Intelligence (SANAI)
  • The National Communications Centre (NCC)
  • The Office for Interception Centres (OIC)
  • Electronic Communications Security (Pty) Ltd (COMSEC)

 

Among the areas of focus of the SSA are the folllowing matters of national interest:

Terrorism, which refers to deliberate and premeditated attempts to create terror through symbolic acts involving the use or threats of lethal force for creating psychological effects that will influence a target group or individual and translate it into political or material results.

Sabotage, which refers to activities or purposeful omissions conducted or planned for purposes of endangering the safety, security or defence of vital public or private property, such as installations, structures, equipment or systems.

Subversion, which includes activities directed towards undermining by covert unlawful acts, or directed towards, or intended ultimately to lead to the destruction or overthrow by violence of the constitutionally established systems of government in South Africa.

Espionage, which refers to unlawful or unauthorised activities conducted for acquiring information or assets relating to sensitive social, political, economic, scientific or military matters of South Africa or for their unauthorised communication to a foreign state.

Organised Crime, which includes analysis of the origins and reasons behind organised crime, the identification of key role players, the nature and extent, as well as the modus operandi of organised crime syndicates.

http://www.ssa.gov.za/AboutUs.aspx

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Ramaphosa – ANC (State Security)

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