ANC seeks support for Cecil Burgess appointment

The party wants Cecil Burgess to be the country’s new inspector general of intelligence.

South African Parliament. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in Parliament is trying to garner opposition support to secure the appointment of former ruling party MP Cecil Burgess as the country's new inspector general of intelligence.

His nomination by Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence was to have been endorsed by the National Assembly three months ago, but at the last minute it was withdrawn, because the ANC has not been able to muster the two-thirds majority of votes that the law requires.

The post has been vacant since the end of March.

ANC's Moloto Mothapo says Burgess is the only candidate for the post.

"The consultation will, therefore, take that into consideration to see if whether there's a sufficient support for Mr Burgess."

Burgess's nomination is controversial as he is the man who piloted the so-called secrecy bill through Parliament.

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