Civilian Secretariat

National Department Budget for 2017-18

Department purpose

Provide strategic advice and support to the Minister of Police. Exercise civilian oversight over the South African Police Service to ensure a transformed and accountable police service that reflects the values of a developmental state.


The Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service was established in terms of the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service Act (2011) and section 208 of the Constitution, which provides for the establishment of a civilian secretariat for the police service to function under the direction of the Minister of Police. In terms of the act, the secretariat’s mandate is to conduct civilian oversight over the police service and provide policy and strategic support to the minister, including administrative support in relation to the minister’s international obligations. The act also mandates the secretariat to monitor the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (1998) by the South African Police Service.

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