This book is the first full history of South African intelligence
and provides a detailed examination of the various stages in the
evolution of South Africa's intelligence organizations and
structures. Covering the apartheid period of 1948-90, the
transition from apartheid to democracy of 1990-94, and the
post-apartheid period of new intelligence dispensation from
1994-2005, this book examines not only the apartheid government's
intelligence dispensation and operations, but also those of the
African National Congress, and its partner, the South African
Communist Party (ANC/SACP) - as well as those of other liberation
movements and the 'independent homelands' under the apartheid
system. Examining the civilian, military and police intelligence
structures and operations in all periods, as well as the
extraordinarily complicated apartheid government's security
bureaucracy (or 'securocracy') and its structures and units, the
book discusses how South Africa's Cold War 'position' influenced
its relationships with various other world powers, especially where
intelligence co-operation came to bear. It outlines South Africa's
regional relationships and concerns - the foremost being its
activities in South-West Africa (Namibia) and its relationship with
Rhodesia through 1980. Finally, it examines the various legislative
and other governance bases for the existence and operations of
South Africa's intelligence structures - in all periods - and the
influences that such activities as the Rivonia Trial (at one end of
the history) or the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (at the
other end) had on the evolution of these intelligence questions
throughout South Africa's modern history. This book will be of
great interest to all students of South African politics,
intelligence studies and international politics in general.
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||Studies in Intelligence
Kevin A. O'Brien
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