Parliament wants comment on policing Bills

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The Portfolio Committee on Police is inviting interested stakeholders and persons to submit written comments on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill [B15-2010] and Civilian Secretariat for Police Service Bill [B16-2010].

Both seek to restore civil oversight over the police that was undermined by now convicted former police national commissioner Jackie Selebi, who marginalised the civilian police secretariat and ignored the Independent Complaints Directorate. Selebi, police chief from 2000 to 2008, was convicted of corruption earlier this month. H is sentencing starts today.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill therefore seeks to “make provision for the establishment of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and to regulate the functions of the directorate; to provide for the establishment of a Management Committee and Consultative forum and their respective functions; to provide for the appointment and powers of investigators; to provide for transitional arrangements, repeal and amendment of certain laws; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”

The Civilian Secretariat of Police Bill seeks to “provide for the establishment of a Civilian Secretariat for the police service in the Republic; to define the objects, functions and powers of the Secretariat, and for this purpose, to align the operations of the Secretariat at the national and provincial spheres of government and reorganise the Secretariat into an effective and efficient organ of state; to regulate the appointment, duties and functions, powers and the removal from office of the Secretary for the police and heads of provincial secretariats; to provide for the establishment of a senior management forum and Ministerial Executive Committee, and co-operation with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate; to provide for intervention into the affairs of provincial secretariats by the Secretariat; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”



Comments can be emailed to committee secretary Luvo Nxelewa at [email protected] by no later than July 26. Nxelewa can be contacted at 021 403-3734.