Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
3 Oct 2019
6:25 am

The abuse of our spooks’ slush fund boggles the mind

Brian Sokutu

Any dysfunction in any security force organ like crime intelligence, becomes a threat to state security and the South African citizenry.

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With all its blunders, the Nationalist Party-led apartheid government had a formidable crime intelligence that could sniff for information like a German Shepherd tracking its prey, before launching an attack with precision. Were it not for the fact that the spooks – during the BJ Vorster and later PW Botha era – helped to enforce immoral laws without question, they would today be revered as heroes. Making effective use of a slush fund to splurge on impimpi (informants) in information gathering, the Mossad-trained intelligence unit had presence on the ground. They would know anything that was about to happen, much...