New search for inspector general of intelligence is on

The deadline for applications is next Thursday.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The search for a new inspector general of intelligence is starting afresh.

The inspector general acts as an ombudsman overseeing intelligence agencies and investigating any complaints of abuses of power.

Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence had held interviews for the post behind closed doors which angered civil society organisations.

Now the committee's issued a new call for applications for the position.

Outgoing inspector general, Advocate Faith Radebe, was interviewed in open proceedings when she applied for the job in 2008.

But the process to replace her has been sharply criticised as unlawful and unconstitutional.

Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac)'s Lawson Naidoo has welcomed the decision to re-start the process.

"The process should be open and transparent."

Naidoo says Casac, the Right 2 Know campaign and Amabhungane will be writing to Parliament and the committee for clarity on how the new process will unfold.

The deadline for applications is next Thursday.