19 Jan 2015
SACSIS columnist, Prof. Jane Duncan, talks to Creamer Media about her new book, which examines the rise of securocrats in South Africa. Securocrats are officials located in the security establishment – the police, intelligence services or the military – that have the power to influence government policy in their favour. Duncan raises genuine concerns about their growing influence, which is leading to an excessive and unnecessary focus on secrecy and security as well as resulting in the suppression of citizen’s rights.
Duncan argues that there are many aspects of security that we simply do not need. In her view, the justifications for the security upgrades to President Zuma’s residence, Nkandla, were on completely spurious grounds.
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