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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Dlomo, Dennis Thokozani
URN etd-02082005-092528
Document Title An analysis of parliamentary intelligence oversight in South Africa with speciric reference to the Joint Standing Committee on intelligence
Degree M (Political Sciences)
Department Political Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Prof M Hough
  • judicial oversight
  • accountability
  • civilian oversight
  • conventional threats
  • emerging threats
  • covert action
  • legislative oversight
  • security clearance
  • non-partisanship
  • non-conventional threats
  • national security
  • intelligence product
  • intelligence activity
  • executive oversight
  • intelligence oversight
Date 2004-03-10
Availability unrestricted
This study analyses parliamentary intelligence oversight in South Africa by assessing the understanding of members of the JSCI of its core business, its mission and vision and powers and functions as are stipulated by law.

The study locates the JSCI within an international intelligence oversight milieu through a review and evaluation of selected countries’ intelligence oversight mechanisms. Furthermore, international best practice is sought and applicable lessons are drawn for South Africa.

The study is bases on a literature review and interviews with members of the JSCI to gather information and draw insights to evaluate and test the propositions in the context of international and national best practice.

The propositions, which are supported by the research, are that:

· Intelligence oversight in South Africa under the JSCI has hitherto been relatively effective although there is room for improvement.

· The JSCI has good relations with the other arms of the state that are responsible for the oversight of Intelligence in South Africa – making parliamentary intelligence oversight, overall, quite effective.

· Despite this effectiveness there are legislative gaps and problems pertaining to the modus operandi of the JSCI that need the attention of both the Executive and Legislature and which could be part of a package of legislative reform.

The research supported these propositions whilst pointing out that new initiatives need attention if the culture of oversight is to find root. These are the need to widen the scope of accountability to build a culture of accountability among middle and senior management members of the Intelligence structures and secondly the way Parliament resources the JSCI.

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