Acting President Kgalema Motlanthe has appointed Adv Faith Doreen Radebe as the Inspector-General of Intelligence (IGI) in terms of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, 1994. Her nomination was approved by Parliament on February 17, the Presidency says in a media statement.
Radebe, who is currently South Africa’s High Commissioner to all Caribbean community countries, will assume her duties as the Inspector-General of Intelligence on April 1.
“Adv Radebe brings a wealth of intelligence expertise and experience to the position having served as a Special Legal Advisor on conditions of service for the Intelligence Service Council and a Senior Manager in the Office of the Coordinator for Intelligence (NICOC) in 2003 and 2000 respectively. She also held positions in the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) between 1998 and 1999 as a manager and coordinator for source relocation and as a manager for special projects,” the media release added.
The term of the last IGI, Zola Ngcakani, ended on December 31. Radebe was chosen from a short list of candidates by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and its report recommended to President Jacob Zuma that she be appointed.
“It is not known what objections, if any, opposition parties had to Radebe’s nomination as the proceedings of the committee are secret and all members take an oath of confidentiality,” Business Day reported last November.
The Star newspaper reported around the same time that former NIA and SA Secret Service director general Barry Gilder had also been interviewed for the post. Other candidates named by The Star newspaper included Gilder’s successor as national intelligence coordinator Silumko Sokupa, retired interception expert Joseph Kotane and intelligence analyst Dennis Dlomo.
Pic: Adv Radebe, right, seen her presenting her credentials as High Commissioner to Guyana in South America.