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Key points about this bill:

  • The creation of two new intelligence agencies, namely the South African Intelligence Service and Agency, aimed at enhancing the country’s intelligence capabilities and adaptability to emerging challenges.

  • The establishment of a National Communications Centre, emphasising the importance of a centralised hub for coordinating and managing communication-related intelligence activities at a national level.

  • Introduces a National Academy of Intelligence, indicating a commitment to professional development and training within the intelligence community to ensure a skilled and competent workforce.

  • Grants the minister additional regulatory powers, signaling a desire for more effective oversight and control over intelligence matters. This could include decision-making authority over certain aspects of intelligence operations and resource allocation.

  • Updates legal definitions related to intelligence in South Africa to reflect the evolving nature of threats and technologies, ensuring a more comprehensive and relevant legal framework.
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About this bill

The changes include updating definitions, creating new intelligence agencies, like the South African Intelligence Service and Agency, setting up a National Communications Centre and a National Academy of Intelligence.

It outlines the roles of these intelligence structures, gives the minister power over more regulatory issues, addresses concerns about former intelligence members, and makes additional changes to other laws connected to these matters.

Key features of this bill:

  • Updating definitions: Clarifying and modernising the meanings of terms related to intelligence in South Africa’s laws.

  • New intelligence agencies:Establishment of new intelligence organisations, such as the South African Intelligence Service and Agency, to enhance the country’s intelligence capabilities.

  • National Communications Centre:Creation of a National Communications Centre, which would likely focus on coordinating and managing intelligence-related communications at a national level.  

  • National Academy of Intelligence:Establishment of a National Academy of Intelligence to provide training and education for individuals entering the intelligence field. 

  • Enhanced ministerial powers:Grants the Minister increased authority over regulatory matters related to intelligence, potentially streamlining decision-making processes.

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34 Responses

  1. There is surely an alternative manner/method to obtain information from individuals. This is an invasion of personal info & will be used by political and security agencies to our detriment in the long run. Never mind the info that will be sold to third parties.

  2. I do not agree with the GILA Bill as it is total invasion of one’s privacy. Criminals have unrestricted freedom and law abiding citizens are
    persecuted and prosecuted

  3. I vehemently disagree with the bill. There is nothing wrong with the existing bills, only problem is how it is been executed or lack of. The government should not invade the citizen’s privacy willy-nilly. The current legislation allows them to monitor or survey a person of interests’s communication lines as long as they have a reason to believe they are/could be a threat to our security. Let the institutions not be used inappropriately or for personal interests

  4. This can potentially be abused by political parties looking to stay in power, and against dissidents..

  5. How can this Government be trusted to have insight into any and
    all of private information ? It will certainly be mis-used by them ?

  6. Absolutely no! We are not a police state neither communist! This government must go. Just look what they did during the pandemic!

  7. It goes against an individual’s privacy, infringes transparency and could lead to further scams. There has also been little to no public consultations and I find it very coincidental that it is right on the doorstep of our next elections. Very troubling. SO much private information may get into the wrong hands.

  8. Totally wrongwrongwrong #((
    Slowly but surely becoming fully communist country. Just look at the new school rules they wanna apply where parents, principals and governing bodies won’t have a say anymore. South Africans have been trapped :((

  9. It goes against an individual’s privacy, infringes transparency and could lead to further scams. There has also been little to no public consultations and I find it very coincidental that it is right on the doorstep of our next elections. Very troubling. SO much private information may get into the wrong hands.

  10. This Government can’t be trusted, my conversations are private and surely do not want them to know everything about me
    It will attract more scammers and the information will definitely end up in the wrong hands
    The Government needs to be stopped

  11. This is a communist government and very much a dictatorship, or almost a dictatorship. Wait till after the election, then you will see dictatorship in its unfettered format

  12. The ANC introduce POPIA to protect our personal information, putting the onus on businesses, small and large alike, to implement this. Now they want to introduce a bill that is diametrically opposed to POPIA, just like they did, or tried to do, with the vaccine mandates. Why can the ANC not act according to the ethos and spirit of the very legislation that they promulgate?

  13. This proposed bill will pave the way for further misuse of taxpayers info.Are we living in a police state…Absolute NO to this invasive bill…

  14. Absolutely not! It is a very clumsy attempt to curtail freedom of expression. The next step will be One-man-one-vote-one-party-to-vote-for. Isn’t this supposed to be a democratic country, one that the liberation movements fought for??

  15. Absolutely not! It is a very clumsy attempt to curtail freedom of expression. The next step will be One-man-one-vote-one-party-to-vote-for. Isn’t this supposed to be a democratic country, one that the liberation movements fought for??

  16. I stronglyi disagree with the bill. There is nothing wrong with the existing bills, only problem is how it is been executed or lack of.The current legislation allows them to monitor or survey a person of interests’s communication lines as long as they have a reason to believe they are/could be a threat to our security.

  17. This could be funny! The security of the country is impaired by incompetence not by a lack if laws. Get professional security details and get rid of the comrades.
    And where is the money coming from to finance 3 new arms of security services – is it simply the creation of more jobs for the buddies and their families? Any more Phala Phala millions of dollars lying around? Or is it going to be a subdivision of Iranian presidential guard? Tyrants!

  18. No No No ! Are we already going the way of communism ? A one world supreme system ? Were the state wants to control what I can do or cannot ,what I want to say or what I want to write to a friend or relative , were I want to go to church or cinema …. All of this does not belong in a free country… So they want to know for what party I am going to vote… They might be able to take my name off the voters list if they don’t like my comment… Sounds pretty much communist way…

  19. It is invasion of privacy and should not be allowed as it will be used to control the public for political and financial gain for a priveleged few.

  20. unconstitutional invasion of privacy and infringes on our constitutional rights NO NO! NO! NEVER! NO!

  21. Our government is all talk and the actions are questionable. Since corruption is the foundation of governance in our country, all faith is lost when it comes to the proactiveness of this bill due to failed history of government action, accountability, transparency. I question this bill about it’s true intentions, credibility, the motive , it can all be said and done and written to perfection or sound good but the intent can be something else than what’s is said .. # no trust # drop it.

  22. We cannot allow the state to decide who can establish an NGO or faith-based organisation. Or any other decisions regarding our faith and beliefs.

  23. Absolutely utter nonsense!!! We are going back to where we started under British reign, only worse!

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