The legalisation of cannabis: A security-vetting dilemma

  • Piet Bester Stellenbosch University
  • Sonja Els Stellenbosch University


During 1996, the South African Intelligence Community issued the MinimumInformation Security Standards (MISS), which inter alia address the protection ofclassified information. The MISS provide the principles, standards and procedures tobe followed by all South African government agencies for the protection of officialresources.3 This includes the granting of different types and levels of security clearancesby the South African government to provide employees and contractors access toclassified information. The decision to grant a person access to classified informationis based on such individual’s security competence. This is an indication of the person’sability – based on his or her conduct – to prevent classified material from being disclosedto unauthorised persons, which may potentially prejudice or endanger the security orinterests of the employing institution or the state. An applicant for a security clearancemay be a prospective employee applying for a post from outside the organisation oran insider who is already in the organisation, often referred to as outsider and insiderthreats.4 The process of determining a person’s security competence is referred to assecurity vetting for new employees, and re-vetting for existing employees who havegone through the vetting process in the past.5 In this article, the use of the term ‘vetting’includes re-vetting.
How to Cite
Bester, P., & Els, S. (2021). The legalisation of cannabis: A security-vetting dilemma. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 49(2), 1-27.