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ANC Study Group on Scopa Welcomes Progress on Ipid Investigations

04 September 2018

The ANC Study Group on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) is pleased with the progress of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in investigating high profile cases.

IPID appeared before SCOPA today to report on progress in investigating cases such as that of the former Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, who is facing charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. Other cases currently under investigation is the case against Captain Morris Tshabalala and General Obed Nemutanzhela relating to the alleged corrupt relationship between members of the Crime Intelligence Unit and police service providers.

The IPID Head of Investigations, Mr. Matthews Sesoko in today's briefing suggested that amendments to the IPID Act, the Intelligence Service Oversight Act and South African Police Service (SAPS) Act, might be necessary in order to strengthen the oversight capacity of crime intelligence.

The report by IPID gave an indication that these investigations are nearing conclusion. In welcoming the report, we reiterate our stance that those found guilty of wrong doing must face the full might of the law. The ANC pledges its full support to the police watchdog in its efforts to bring criminals in the police force to book.

We also urge National Treasury to intervene where necessary in ensuring that IPID is adequately funded in order to achieve their main task of fighting corruption within the police service. We cannot have a situation where the fight against crime is hampered by the lack of equipment and technological capability due to funding constraints.

Issued by the Whip of the Study Group on SCOPA, comrade Mnyamezeli Booi.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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