This piece by Heidi Swart was first published by News24. An amended version of the so-called ‘spy bill’ – which previously sparked an outcry over fears that NGOs and churches could face a security crackdown – comes no closer to adequately addressing the concerns raised by the Financial Action Task Force when SA was greylisted. […]
The General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, coming on the heels of the Zondo Commission, was an opportunity for SA’s top executive to show they were serious about intelligence reform. Instead, it paves the way for State Capture 3.0. Want to start a “non-governmental organisation”, “religious institution” or “private security company”? You may need security clearance […]
Former Zondo Commission evidence leader Vicky Heideman unpacks her research on improving oversight for South Africa’s. State Security Agency.
Former Zondo Commission evidence leader Vicky Heideman unpacks her research on the lack of financial oversight and accountability in the State Security Agency.
“Grabbers”: State surveillance in SA just got a legal boost, but it’s not an unrestricted licence to intercept
This opinion piece, by Heidi Swart, was published by Daily Maverick. The authorities have approved the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) request to build their own (or purchase from elsewhere) communications interception equipment. On 19 May, an exemption certificate was published in the Government Gazette, clearly stipulating the red tape police need to work through […]