I'm a 'snake that eats other snakes' - Inspector General candidate

2016-11-24 13:15
Setlhomamaru Dintwe (Alicestine October, Netwerk24)

Setlhomamaru Dintwe (Alicestine October, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – Who is Dr Isaac Setlhomamaru Dintwe, the man who might soon carry out civilian oversight over the country's intelligence services?

Dintwe, who was selected as the preferred candidate to fill the Inspector General of Intelligence post, is the head of the police practice department at the University of South Africa.

The published author and co-editor has worked as a police constable, a detective, and as a principal anti-corruption investigator.

During his interview, Dintwe was praised for his energy, even after waiting almost eight hours to be called in.

He was an expert in forensic investigations, he told the committee, and had written a book on the subject.

"I am competent for this office. I’m a cocktail, all in one. My career goes across all different spheres that are involved in anything which deals with the criminal justice system in this country," he told the committee.

He had been a police official at the lower levels, a manager, and was now involved in teaching.

To do the job well, the confident Dintwe said earlier this month, one had to be a hunter that hunted other hunters.

"The role of the oversight officer is that you have to become a snake that eats the other snakes. That is the role of the inspector general of intelligence."

Parliament’s intelligence committee on Thursday said in their committee report that Dintwe had been unanimously chosen as the preferred candidate for the post.

Now, his candidacy has to be approved by at least two-thirds of the Members of Parliament in the National Assembly.

The report will be considered by the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 29.


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