DONS, noun

Forms:
Also Dons.
historical
Acronym formed on initial letters of Department of National Security. Also attributive.
Note:
See note at BOSS.
1979 Daily Dispatch 25 Oct. 11The Department of National Security (Dons), formerly the Bureau for State Security (Boss), has started advertising for staff.
1980 Rand Daily Mail 7 Jan. 1He claimed yesterday DONS also had files on top mining company directors..and on leading writers.
1984 R. Davies et al. Struggle for S. Afr. I. 196The ‘information scandal’ profoundly affected the whole of the BOSS organisation. Following the resignation of van den Bergh in..1978, its name was changed to the Department of National Security (DONS).
[1987 S. Roberts Jacks in Corners 156She wondered briefly how the South African secret police, BOSS, DNS, etc., managed to earn such a good name for efficiency if they employed people like William.]
Acronym formed on initial letters of Department of National Security. Also attributive.

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