Ramaphosa yet to sign Bill on Cele’s Ipid say
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has not yet signed into law the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Bill almost two months after it was passed by legislators.
The new law proposes clipping Minister of Police Bheki Cele’s powers to suspend or fire the head of Ipid.
This emanates from a Constitutional Court judgment in 2016 after former Ipid head Robert McBride had challenged his suspension by then minister Nathi Nhleko.
After working on the bill for two years Parliament finally passed it late last year and handed it to Ramaphosa to be signed into law.
The adoption of the bill came after the national legislature had missed the two-year deadline set by the Constitutional Court in September 2016.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko did not respond to a message yesterday.
But the new law has effectively stripped Cele of the powers to suspend or fire the head of Ipid which was caught in a bitter fight between Nhleko and McBride.
When McBride’s contract ended in March last year Cele did not renew it and Parliament backed him.
Victor Senna has been acting in the position since and Cele has not appointed a permanent head.
Despite Parliament passing the bill stripping the minister of police of powers to suspend or fire the Ipid boss, the Constitutional Court is preparing for another application between civil society and the police.
This relates to a challenge that no politician must play a role in the appointment of the head of Ipid.
Ipid was involved in a bitter fight with former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. This saw the former commissioner and McBride having heated exchanges in the National Assembly’s portfolio committee meeting two years ago.
Various allegations were traded on both sides.
McBride had served as Ipid boss for a full term of five years, but the police committee had decided against renewing his contract.
McBride tried to push for the renewal of his contract, but Cele told the committee he was against it and the majority of ANC members voted against extending his contract.
The Ipid has been complaining for years about its poor budget to do its work. The entity was one of several government entities that have faced major budget cuts from the National Treasury in recent times.
The Minister of Finance will indicate next month whether there has been an increase in the allocation to entities.