chapter  10
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Conclusion: Still fighting the war – the legacy of South Africa’s intelligence history

South Africa represents one particular kind of case: that of a transitional state, moving (still, it can be argued) from white-minority rule to universal suffrage and multi-party democracy. In this sense, it retains a legacy from its past which has led to it both rejecting certain paths and options due to their (imagined or real) association with that past, while retaining other aspects of the past in the current dispensation. As Seegers notes, “in intelligence matters there may be more continuity with the past than we would like to admit”.1