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South African Secret Service


South African Secret Service

South African Secret Service
Agency overview
Formed 1 January 1995
Preceding Agency National Intelligence Service
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Arcadia Building, Pretoria
Minister responsible David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security
Agency executive Mr Batandwa Siswana[1], Director
Website Archived 28 November 2004 at the Wayback Machine

The South African Secret Service (SASS) is a South African intelligence agency. It is responsible for all non-military foreign intelligence and for counterintelligence within the Service itself. It is also responsible for gathering, correlating, evaluating and analysing this intelligence.


  • History 1
  • Director Generals 2
  • Current status 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The SASS was formed in 1994 following State Security Agency (South Africa) and still responsible for foreign intelligence, retaining its own branch Director.[3] The State Security Agency Director General and the SASS foreign intelligence Director in turn report via the National Intelligence Co-Ordinating Committee to the Minister of State Security.[4] In August 2013, the Minister for State Security, Siyabonga Cwele, announced the new foreign intelligence Director as Batandwa Siswana. Other appointments made at the same time were Joyce Mashele as deputy director general for collection, Africa and Matshidiso Mhlambo as deputy director general for the rest of the world.[1]

Director Generals

  • 1995 – 1996 Mike Louw[5]:346
  • 1996 – 1999 Billy Masetlha[5]:346
  • 1999 – 2009 Hilton Dennis[5]:347
  • 2009 – 2012 Mo Shaik[6]
  • 2012 – 2013 Simon Ntombela (acting DG)[1]
  • 2013 – present Batandwa Siswana[1]

Current status

Unsurprisingly, the Service is extremely secretive about its operations, and thus few details reach the public. However, when taking current South African policy and concerns into account, it appears the attentions of the SASS are currently focused on two main areas: The activities of State Security Service in Nigeria.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Cwele announces new appointments in intelligence". M&G. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "South African Secret Service (SASS)". Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Intelligence body restructured". News24. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c Sanders, James (2006). Apartheid's Friends. The Rise and Fall of South Africa's Secret Services. Great Britain: John Murray(Publishers).  
  6. ^ "Mo Shaik named new secret service chief". M&G. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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