South African National Academy of Intelligence

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The South African National Academy of Intelligence (SANAI) is responsible for training the members of the South African intelligence services and agencies.[1] The South African National Academy of Intelligence is a part of the State Security Agency.


SANAI was established in February 2003 and comprises an academic faculty, an intelligence research institute as well as an education, training and development support component. The campus of SANAI is located in the town of Mafikeng and is known as the Mzwandile Piliso Campus.[2] Mzwandile Piliso was a previous head of the exiled ANC's Department of National Intelligence and Security.[2] This campus used to be owned by the Bophuthatswana Intelligence Service, which was one of the then statutory services amalgamated into the National Intelligence Agency and the South African Secret Service in 1995. In 2006, the principal of the academy was Mr. Mphakama Mbete.

Organisational branches

The South African National Academy of Intelligence is organized into three branches:[3]

  • Academic Faculty
  • Intelligence Research Institute
  • Education, Training and Development Support.


The National Academy of Intelligence is governed by the following legislation:[2]

  • Intelligence Services Act 65 of 2002,
  • Public Service Act, 103 of 1994,
  • Public Finance Management Act, 1 of 1999,
  • South African Qualifications Act of 1995.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-14. Retrieved 2010-06-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Intelligence Academy". State Security Agency. 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Police, Defence and Intelligence - SA YEARBOOK 2009/10" (PDF). Department of Government Communication and Information System. 24 January 2017.
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