The intelligence services of South Africa will undergo a number of adjustments according to the commitment of president Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet.
The office of the inspector general of intelligence has been strengthened as part of the changes. The office’s responsibility is to keep an eye on the State Security Agency, the National Defense Intelligence Agency, and the police’s crime intelligence division. In light of the resources and authority at its disposal, the office could have done more to look into the abuses brought up at the state capture commission, as the previous inspector general, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, acknowledged at the hearing. Findings should, in principle, be made available to the public. Illegality cannot be concealed by secrecy. When Xolile Ngcakani the most successful inspector general to date, presented a summary of findings on abuses at the previous National Intelligence Agency in 2006, he set a little precedent.