Minister of State Security (South Africa)

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South Africa
Minister of State Security
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Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

since 26 February 2018
Department of State Security
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderJoe Nhlanhla
Formation18 June 1999
DeputyEllen Molekane
WebsiteDepartment of State Security

The Minister of State Security (formerly the Minister of Intelligence Services) is a Minister of the South African government, who oversees South Africa's civilian intelligence agencies. As of 2018 the Minister of State Security is Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.


In 1994, the intelligence service affairs were subordinated to the Minister of Justice. In 1995, Joe Nhlanhla became Deputy Minister of Justice with responsibility for intelligence affairs.

When Jacob Zuma was elected president in 2009 he renamed the post to Minister of State Security, but kept Cwele in the job. After the ANC election win in May 2014, Jacob Zuma announced the new Minister of State Security as David Mahlobo.[1]


The following Agencies and their entities fall under the oversight of the Minister of State Security:

State Security Agency

National Intelligence Co-Ordinating Committee

List of Past Ministers[edit]

Minister of Intelligence Services, 1999-2009[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party President
Joe Nhlanhla 18 June 1999 2000 ANC Thabo Mbeki
(I) (II)
Lindiwe Sisulu Lindiwe Sisulu, ABr 1200EF12909099127, detail.jpg 2000 28 April 2004 ANC
Ronnie Kasrils Ronnie Kasrils - Russell Tribunal.jpg 29 April 2004 2008 SACP
Siyabonga Cwele Siyabonga Cwele.jpg 2008 22 April 2009 ANC
Kgalema Motlanthe
(takes office after Mbeki resigns)

Minister of State Security, 2009-present[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party President
Siyabonga Cwele Siyabonga Cwele.jpg 22 April 2009 24 May 2014 ANC Jacob Zuma
(I) (II)
David Mahlobo 25 May 2014 16 October 2017 ANC
Bongani Bongo 17 October 2017 Incumbent ANC


  1. ^ "Executive decision: Zuma's new cabinet". Mail&Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2014.

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