The Independent Projects Trust (IPT) is publishing this third edition
of insight@ipt in an attempt to generate debate and discussion on the
Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), a statutory body under civilian
control that is tasked with being the watchdog of the South African
Police Service (SAPS).
- The Issues and Challenges, according to the ICD
The issues and challenges for the directorate are discussed as well
as the proposals made by the ICD. This is followed by comment from the
- The View of a SAPS assistant commissioner for legal services
SAPS assistant commissioner of legal services in KwaZulu-Natal, Tommy
Reed who takes issue with the ICD for wanting additional powers and
- The View of the South African Police Union's KwaZulu-Natal regional
South African Police Union regional secretary for KwaZulu-Natal, Bill
Dennis, who comments on the number of bodies in place to investigate
- The View of a Sociology lecturer
University of Natal sociology lecturer Monique Marks, who states that
a key mechanism for changing behaviour is the constant awareness of
being watched by outside bodies.
- The View of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
David Bruce, a researcher in the Centre for the Study of Violence and
Reconciliation's Criminal Justice Policy Unit, who conveys the view
that the ICD should be an independent accountability mechanism to ensure
the effective prevention and investigation of police crime and misconduct.
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