R2K welcomes Pariament's decision on Inspector General of Intelligence

2016-03-16 17:12

Cape Town – The Right2Know campaign on Wednesday welcomed the withdrawal of a report recommending former ANC MP Cecil Burgess as a candidate for the next Inspector General of Intelligence.

The National Assembly on Wednesday referred the report back to the joint intelligence committee.

Parliament was set to vote on the report, when it was withdrawn at the last minute.

The R2K campaign lauded the decision.

"We have fought hard against the appointment of Mr Burgess, whom we deem not fit for the Office of the Inspector General because of his past conduct as the chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence," the organisation said.

It urged MPs to swiftly appoint a suitable candidate for the role, which had been vacant for a year.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said it was a victory for transparency and accountability in South Africa’s intelligence services.

The ANC said that, in the spirit of consensus-building and inclusivity, they thought it appropriate to refer the matter back to the committee to ensure broader and sufficient consultation around the candidate.

"We have no doubt regarding the capability of the recommended candidate, Adv Cecil Burgess, who certainly met all the prescribed requirements for the post, to discharge the duties of the office independently and professionally as directed by the Constitution and the Act."

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