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Parliament Passes Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill

04 September 2018

The African National Congress in Parliament is pleased with the passing of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Bill by the National Assembly today.

The Bill seeks to amend the flaws identified by the Constitutional Court that certain sections of the IPID Act, the Public Service Act and the IPID Regulations to be invalid and set aside the suspension and disciplinary action against IPID Executive Director, Mr. Robert McBride. The court ruling in the matter between McBride vs Minister of Police and Another, tabled on 6 September 2016, prompted the amendments to the Act which dealt with powers of the Minister of Police to unilaterally suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against the Executive Director of IPID.

The amendments to the act governing the independent police watchdog, IPID, aims to restrict political influence in the removal and suspension of the police oversight body's executive directors. Furthermore, the amendments give IPID more independence from the Police Minister. When the Bill is passed into law, it will require Parliament to have an oversight role in which a two-third majority vote will be needed in the National Assembly to suspend, discipline or remove the Executive Director of IPID.

We pleased that we were able to amend the legislation within the 24 month deadline set by the court. As a section 75 Bill, the Bill will be sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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