Debate on SAPS Amendment Bill

The ISS believes the SAPS Amendment Bill is not right in its current form.

Parliament. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on Monday said they believed the SAPS Amendment Bill, in its current form, does not address all the concerns about the state's anti-corruption machinery.

The ISS said the fight against corruption goes beyond the law.

A parliamentary committee approved the bill last week and it will be debating it in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

In March last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Hawks were not independent enough and also not sufficiently protected from political interference.

Parliament was given the opportunity to change the legislation and address those concerns.

ISS' Gareth Newham said there have been some improvements.

The Hawks budget will be fenced, the head of the Hawks will have more power, and it will be a criminal offence to interfere with the unit's work.

"We've seen a lot of this around the Mdluli case, a lot of interference and the new legislation will certainly make it more difficult."

He said one needs to look at whether the new legislation will go after some of the most powerful people in society.

"We need to look at how innovative it is and how streamlined it can be to the extent at how it can respond to changes in its modus operandi around corruption."

Newham believes the legislation will be challenged in the constitutional court, if it's passed in its current form.