Policing the police: ICD gets more power
Johannesburg - The Independent Complaints Directorate will be strengthened and renamed, the police ministry said on Friday.
The unit would be known as the Independent Police Investigative Directorate from April 1, ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.
"In changing the focus and the name... we are sending a clear message that the new body will focus on not just processing complaints, but the emphasis is on developing strong investigative capacity."
This was one of the issues discussed at a quarterly meeting in Cape Town between Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and MECs.
The unit would have more legislative powers to investigate corruption and human rights abuses within the police.
At the meeting, Mthethwa said the police needed to "move beyond arrests", through improved training, to secure convictions.
Police successes should also be communicated to communities.
"What will build confidence in the justice system is when police secure more convictions, but also inform the very same communities about such outcomes," he said.
Communications at police stations would be improved so that investigators could more effectively interact with the public.