sapsIndependent News reports that the security and justice committee in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will soon finalise a law that will strip Minister of Police Bheki Cele of his powers to suspend or fire the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).  

The new law will force the minister to take such action in consultation with Parliament.  The Ipid Bill was approved by the National Assembly before the May elections.  The issue arose as a result of the court application by former Ipid head Robert McBride when he challenged the decision of former minister of police Nathi Nhleko to unilaterally suspend him three years ago.  In its decision in 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of McBride and said the minister of police must do this in consultation with Parliament.  The court gave Parliament until September last year to finalise its process of amending the law.  However, the national legislature has missed the deadline.  Ipid has not had a permanent head since McBride’s term ended in March, with Victor Senna acting in the position over the last six months.  Cele is expected to announce the permanent head soon.

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