ConCourt to decide on Hawks legislation

The Concourt will decide if the SAPS Amendment Bill protects the Hawks.

Parliament. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) said the Constitutional Court should be the final arbiter on whether the Hawks have been sufficiently insulated from interference.

The National Assembly passed the South African Police Service (SAPS) Amendment Bill during a session on Wednesday.

The bill is meant to address the Constitutional Court's concerns regarding the unit's independence.

Chair of Parliament's Police Committee Sindisiwe Chikunga said she was confident they have succeeded in shielding the Hawks from interference.

Meanwhile, two opposition parties accused the ANC of window dressing to make the Hawks look like an independent body.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) were the only two parties who objected.

Chikunga said as far as she was concerned, the legislation provided adequate independence for the unit.

The bill still needs to go the National Council of Provinces and the president for concurrence.