CAPE TOWN– Rogue elements within the South African Police Services (SAPS) will continue to get away with corruption and criminality unless Parliament addresses legislation governing both the SAPS and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) urgently.
This is the view of the chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committtee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Themba Godi, after he and his committee members were briefed by Matthew Sesoko, the National Head of Investigation at IPID, the agency responsible for investigating complaints against the SAPS and municipal police services.
According to Sesoko, IPID investigations into alleged corrupt and criminal activities of SAPS members are constantly being undermined. He said this was done through either counter-investigations or through police classifying documents and evidence necessary for their investigations.
IPID has now asked SCOPA to assist them with their call to strengthen legislation. Sesoko believes this will help prevent corrupt police from hiding behind their badges and offices.
Sesoko told the the influential committee: “We’ve learnt lessons. And part of those lessons is interference with our investigations. Issues relating to documents that are classified by the SAPS which we believe they shouldn’t be.
“So we’re saying that we need our legislation to be strengthened. Not only IPID, but SAPS as well as the intelligence oversight legislation to be able to deal with all these legislative loopholes to enable us to be able to discharge our mandate in line with the Constitution.”
Godi said: “Right now, the unseemly situation where SAPS and IPID have taken each other to court and both of them using, wasting public money is totally unacceptable. There has to be an administrative mechanism that should enable them to resolves these issues without having to run to the courts.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK