Chair, our security cluster and the State Security Agency, SSA, has been transformed. We operate within the ambit of the Constitution. [Interjections.]
Remember, we inherited national intelligence services and secret services that had no regard for human rights; that maimed and killed civilians and people who held a different view. Over the last 21 years, we have brought these men and women together with clear accountability measures.
When South Africans look at the record over the last 20 years they will see that we have ensured that this transition went well, because those men and women were working on incidents where this country was on the verge of incidents like those before the elections where right-wing elements wanted to kill the leadership of the ANC.
We can also speak about issues like the World Cup where other people tried to harm us. We have done well.
For accountability measures we have the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and we also have the office of the Inspector-General for Intelligence.
There is one message: We'll respect the law. But to all South Africans, irrespective of your views, rank and standing in society, we say, "Don't be on the wrong side of the law." [Interjections.] The intelligence agencies are going to pick out those South Africans who don't want to respect the laws of the country, because they threaten this country. We cannot be apologetic about that. I thank you. [Applause.]