Min­is­ter’s daugh­ter scores a top cop job

Boniwe So­tyu ap­pointed to po­lice watchdog po­si­tion in the Free State de­spite not meet­ing cri­te­ria for the role

CityPress - - Front Page - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

The daugh­ter of Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Mag­gie So­tyu has landed her­self a top job at the po­lice’s watchdog body – ap­par­ently with­out hav­ing the re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence.

On Tues­day, Boniwe So­tyu was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion of deputy di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the Free State pro­vin­cial of­fice of the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate (Ipid).

The min­istry of po­lice has over­sight of Ipid.

Con­fi­den­tial ap­point­ment doc­u­ments in City Press’ pos­ses­sion re­veal that So­tyu was given the job ahead of 90 other can­di­dates.

Of the seven short-listed can­di­dates, one had more than 22 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a po­lice of­fi­cer and joined Ipid as a prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Another can­di­date she pipped to the post was the Free State’s prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor – who had re­ceived six awards for his work – and yet another was an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with a law de­gree.

So­tyu, who only has three years and four months’ rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, has an al­legedly un­recog­nised na­tional diploma in polic­ing, be­lieved to be from the Safety and Se­cu­rity Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the ad­ver­tise­ment for the job that ap­peared in a Sun­day news­pa­per on March 29, the po­si­tion re­quired a rel­e­vant bach­e­lor’s de­gree or a diploma in law or polic­ing, at least four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment of crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, pro­ject man­age­ment and an “es­sen­tial” “thor­ough knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of crim­i­nal law, crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure and law of ev­i­dence”.

How­ever, a sum­mary of So­tyu’s in­ter­view re­veals that she be­gan her ca­reer as a case an­a­lyst at Ipid’s pre­de­ces­sor or­gan­i­sa­tion, the In­de­pen­dent Com­plaints Di­rec­torate (ICD), and at the time of the in­ter­view was “serv­ing un­der the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion unit, where she checks com­pli­ance with the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures”.

Nowhere is it stated that she had ever in­ves­ti­gated cases or held any man­age­ment po­si­tion for the re­quired four years.

Nev­er­the­less, the in­ter­view­ing panel, which con­sisted of four se­nior Ipid man­agers, still de­cided she was the top can­di­date for the job.

Ipid’s act­ing chief di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices, Nomkhosi Net­sianda, how­ever, rec­om­mended that So­tyu not be ap­pointed to the po­si­tion.

In a doc­u­ment in City Press’ pos­ses­sion, Net­sianda wrote that So­tyu’s “na­tional diploma is not the equiv­a­lent of a recog­nised na­tional diploma or de­gree, she does not have four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence at su­per­vi­sory level man­ag­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions as ad­ver­tised” and had less than two years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a su­per­vi­sor.

De­spite this, act­ing Ipid head Is­rael Kga­manyane con­firmed So­tyu’s ap­point­ment on Tues­day, say­ing he was happy that she was suit­ably qual­i­fied.

Ipid spokesper­son Grace Langa said So­tyu’s ap­point­ment was “done in a trans­par­ent man­ner” and “in line with Ipid pol­icy on re­cruit­ment and se­lec­tion, which is guided by public ser­vice reg­u­la­tions”.

“We would like to en­cour­age that if there is any per­son who al­leges any wrong­do­ing or is not sat­is­fied with the process or ap­point­ment of Ms Boniwe So­tyu to please re­port the mat­ter to the rel­e­vant author­i­ties and Ipid will co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Langa said the deputy po­lice min­is­ter had no say in her daugh­ter’s re­cruit­ment process or the se­lec­tion of any other Ipid staff mem­ber be­cause she played no role in Ipid oper­a­tions.

“The de­ci­sion to ap­point re­sides solely with the ac­count­ing of­fi­cer of the depart­ment, which in this case will be the act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Mr Kga­manyane,” she said.

Asked for com­ment yesterday, Min­is­ter So­tyu said: “I don’t work for Ipid and I have noth­ing to do with their ap­point­ments.”

How­ever, two se­nior Ipid sources who were close to the ap­point­ment process and so could not have their iden­ti­ties re­vealed told City Press that ques­tions were raised re­gard­ing So­tyu’s polic­ing diploma, which they al­leged was not recog­nised by the SA Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity.

The two added that in their view the ap­point­ment was aimed at pleas­ing the deputy min­is­ter, to whom – along with Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa – the Ipid lead­er­ship re­ports.

As the new deputy di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, So­tyu will re­ceive an an­nual salary of R532 270. Doc­u­ments in­di­cate that her salary will be back­dated to June 1.

IN BLACK AND WHITE A doc­u­ment show­ing the com­ments of Ipid’s

act­ing chief di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices, Nomkhosi Net­sianda, who rec­om­mended that Boniwe So­tyu not be ap­pointed to the po­si­tion

PHOTO: NASIEF MANIE

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Min­is­ter Mag­gie So­tyu in Par­lia­ment. Her daugh­ter is in a top Ipid job that she may not be qual­i­fied for

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