SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT AMENDS LAW TO LIMIT POLICE MINISTER’S POWER

CAPE TOWN–The National Assembly, the lower house of the South African Parliament, has approved a Bill to amend the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Act.

The amendment follows a ruling by the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, which directed Parliament to limit the powers of the Police Minister to suspend or remove the head of Ipid.

The current Ipid Executive Director, Robert McBride, took the former minister to court in 2015 after the minister accused him of illegally changing the outcomes of an Ipid investigation report into the former head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), better known as the Hawks, Anwa Dramat.

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, has admitted that Parliament will not meet the deadline that the Constitutional Court has set.

A committee Bill was developed and introduced on 30 July. The portfolio committee adopted the Bill on 4 July nearly 2 months before the deadline. It’s common cause an application will have to be made to the Constitutional Court for an extension of the deadline to allow the National Council of Provinces (NCOP, the upper house of Parliament) to also process the bill, added Beukman.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK