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Draft IPID Amendment Bill Drawn Up

June 7, 2018

Portfolio Committee on Police

The portfolio committee on police has drawn up a draft bill that aims to provide parliamentary oversight over the suspension, discipline or removal of the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Comment has been called on the Draft Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill.

The plan is to table the draft bill in parliament during the second or third quarter of 2018.

The proposed legislation flows from the Constitutional Court finding that certain legislative provisions authorizing the police minister to suspend, take disciplinary steps or remove the IPID head were invalid.

The findings were made in the matter of McBride v Minister of Police and Another [2016] ZACC 30.

The Constitutional Court directed parliament to correct these defects in the legislation within 24 months from the date of the order, which was handed down on 6 September 2016.

The intention of the bill is to correct the defects identified by the Constitutional Court.

Comment is invited until 22 June 2018.