19 June 2018

South Africa: High Panel On State Security, a Good Step Towards a Real Reboot


One of the most important of Ramaphosa's efforts to rebuild the trust in South Africa is fixing the State Security Agency. It is literally one of the most important factors in whether this country will remain a democracy in the future.

In his quest to consolidate power and then rebuild the state, President Cyril Ramaphosa currently has a lot on his plate. Much of the attention at the moment is focused on replacing the corrupt cadres from Team Zuma (it's probably time to discuss whether we should still use the word "alleged" in the case of someone like Brian Molefe) with people who will break that cycle of corruption. It is also a chance to rebuild some parts of the state, to ensure that what happened under Zuma (and started under Mbeki before him) cannot happen again.

On June 15 2018 the Presidency announced that Ramaphosa had set up a high-level panel to investigate the mandate, capacity and structure of the State Security Agency. The panel is supposed to investigate the ways the agency was misused and to make sure it...

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