MPs confident with Hawks Bill

Only the DA and FFP objected to the passing of the SAPS Amendment Bill in Parliament.

Members of the South African Police Service. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Most Parliamentarians on Wednesday insisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) Amendment Bill will pass Constitutional muster.

On Wednesday, the contentious bill was passed in Parliament, Cape Town.

It seeks to restructure the Hawks to comply with a 2011 Constitutional Court ruling.

The Hawks boss will now report to the Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa instead of the National Police Commissioner.

Most political parties supported the so-called "Hawks Bill", but the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) objected.

They said the bill does not go far enough to insulate the Hawks from political interference.

DA shadow police minister Dianne Kohler Barnard said the bill has loopholes.

She said the amendments were a "futile exercise".

But ANC MP Sindisiwe Chikunga disagreed, saying the proposed law will withstand scrutiny from South Africa's highest court.

The bill will now go to the National Council of Provinces for assent, before President Jacob Zuma signs it into law.