National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee

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The National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee (NICOC) is the organisation responsible for co-ordinating the actions and activities of all of South African intelligence agencies, and collating the intelligence information received from them. It reports to Cabinet level via the Minister of State Security, and is similar to the British Joint Intelligence Committee.

Role of the Committee[edit]

The functions of the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee, as outlined in the document in 2008 by the Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence, are to:[1]

  • Co-ordinate the intelligence collected by the South African intelligence services;
  • Interpret the intelligence collected to identify and detect threats to South African national security;
  • co-ordinate and prioritise intelligence activities within the national intelligence structures;
  • prepare and interpret intelligence estimates;
  • make recommendations to Cabinet on intelligence priorities.

Committee Structure[2][edit]

The South African General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, 2011, sets out the structure of NICOC as:

Current status[edit]

On 3 September 2014, State Security Minister David Mahlobo announced that the Head of the National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee Dennis Dlomo, appointed to the role in 2013, has been “redeployed” to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.[3]

Co-ordinators for Intelligence[edit]

The following people have held the position of Co-ordinator since the restructure of the South African intelligence services in 1994:

  • 1995 – 1996 Mo Shaik[4]:347
  • 1996 – 2001 Linda Mti[4]:347
  • 2001 – 2005 Jeff Maqetuka[4]:347
  • 2005 – 2007 Barry Gilder[4]:347[5]
  • 2007 – ???? Silumko Sokupa.[5]
  • 2013 – 2014 Dennis Dlomo [6][3]
  • 2015 - 2016 Dr Clinton Swemmer (PhD) (acting?)[7]
  • 2016 - 2017 Dr Mike Masiapato (PhD) (acting)
  • 2017 - to date Ambassador Gab Msimang


  1. ^ "Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy" (PDF). Ministerial Review Commission on Intelligence. Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
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  3. ^ a b "SSA defends Zuma's axing of spooks". Mail&Guardian. 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  4. ^ a b c d Sanders, James (2006). Apartheid's Friends. The Rise and Fall of South Africa's Secret Services. Great Britain: John Murray(Publishers). ISBN 978-0719566752.
  5. ^ a b "Mbeki appoints new intelligence coordinator". Mail&Guardian. 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  6. ^ "Cwele announces new appointments in intelligence". Mail&Guardian. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  7. ^ "'Repatriation not solution to xeno violence'". The Citizen (published 10 Sep 2015). ANA. 28 Nov 2016.

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