For years now, those of us in the media who find ourselves, by nature of our work, intersecting with those on all sides of the political spectrum, have assumed that state intelligence agencies are either eavesdropping or illegally monitoring conversations and communication. Cellphone batteries are today removed as a matter of routine when sensitive political issues are discussed – even in the absence of media. We have become accustomed to the new normal abnormal. By MARIANNE THAMM.
“As I left, my fellow warders showed me the operations room full of tape recorders and switches for various bugs. There was sophisticated sound equipment everywhere, more technology than in Pollsmoor – even the furniture was bugged. The chair legs were hollow and fitted with recording devices operating from batteries. The trees in the garden and all the flower beds were bugged.” – Christo Brand – Mandela’s former prison guard in Doing Life with Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend.
In October last year, the Deputy Minister of State Security, Ellen Molekane, delivered an address on the role of the State Security Agency at a University of Johannesburg career seminar.
In her speech, titled “The role of the State Security Agency and why it…
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