IPID head appointment: Committee tells Police Minister to ask Parliament for extension

2020-02-27 13:55
Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale at the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Police.

Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale at the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Police. (Jan Gerber, News24)

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The Portfolio Committee on Police has resolved that the Minister of Police should write to the Speaker of the National Assembly to ask for an extension to appoint a new Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head.

The ministry of police is in contravention of legislation as it will not fill the vacant position of IPID executive director within one year of the vacancy arising.

"The IPID Act stipulates in Section 6(6) that the minister must fill a vacancy within a reasonable period of time, not exceeding one year. The contract of the former head ended on February, 28 2019, which means the year stipulated by the Act is Friday, February 28, 2020," committee chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in a statement on Thursday.

"The committee is of the view that a fit and proper person must be appointed to head such a critical institution, as it serves as a watchdog over the South African Police Service. The committee therefore awaits the completion of the appointment process by the minister."

READ: Police ministry breaks the law - fails to appoint IPID head within one year

Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale told the committee on Wednesday that they interviewed three candidates for the position earlier this month, but none of them were suitable, News24 reported.

Mathale said two advertisements for the post were issued, one in July 2019, the other in August 2019, after which they had 49 applicants. A shortlist of four was drawn up but on the day of the interview  February 24  one of the candidates withdrew the application.

The term of the previous executive director of IPID Robert McBride ended after Police Minister Bheki Cele insisted that he not be reappointed, and the ANC contingent on the previous Parliament's committee ensured that his contract was not extended in a contentious process about a year ago.

- Compiled by Vanessa Banton with additional reporting by Jan Gerber

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