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IPID Amendment Act Signed

June 5, 2020

The Presidency

President Ramaphosa has assented to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Act.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill was passed by parliament and sent to president Ramaphosa for assent in November 2019.

The bill was tabled in parliament in August 2018.

Comment on the committee bill was called for in June 2018.

Public hearings were held at the end of June 2018.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it for concurrence in September 2018.

However, the bill lapsed at the end of the 5th parliament and was revived by the national council of provinces in October 2019.

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

It flowed 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 act aims to:


• amend the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act, 2011, so as to provide for parliamentary oversight in relation to the suspension, discipline or removal of the Executive Director; and
• provide for related matters.

The act will come into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.