I understand that De Klerk dismantled the National Security Management System which used to centralise and coordinate all government activities. How did that play out?
FP Mr De Klerk insisted that this was a Cabinet government. Under Mr Botha there were ‘desks’ in the presidency for all the key sectors of government, staffed by senior officials. When Mr De Klerk came into office the desks were done away with and most of the personnel went back to their departments of origin.
I also see the interview didn't mention the Situation Rooms - tying to remember jst where I got that but I think it could stay without and extra foot note - as the dictionary definitions make clear it is standard terminology - my first officee in the Tuynhuys was in a former situation room!!