South Africa: Ramaphosa Must Beware of a Trojan Horse in the Politics of Spy vs Spy

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MA van den Berg, in a masters dissertation titled 'The Intelligence Regime in South Africa (1994-2014): An analytical perspective', suggests that the primary task of an intelligence agency in a democracy is to provide policymakers with credible intelligence to make the necessary policies.

Tuesday 15 October marked a sad anniversary in the area I had the honour of growing up in. Athlone, like many other areas across the Cape Flats, often served as the battleground between the apartheid security police and young people, especially during the States of Emergency in the 1980s. Monday, 15 October 1985, marked the day when members of the security and railway police co-operated to crush the protests in the area.

A South African Railways truck was camouflaged with crates to hide policemen. The truck drove down Thornton Road to the centre of the protesters. The police, hiding behind the crates, sprang up and opened fire on the young people. Jonathan Claasen, 21, Shaun Magmoed, 15, and Michael Miranda, 11, were killed in the prime of their lives while several others were injured. The tragedy became known as the Trojan Horse incident.

Today, however, we have a new kind of Trojan horse; those purporting to present...

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