WC Ipid officials hauled over coals by MPLs

Ipid officials said its office in the Western Cape had more complaints against police officers.

FILE: Ipid officials were briefing the Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Community Safety on its annual report. Picture: www.ipid.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in the Western Cape has been hauled over the coals by Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) for the organisation's dysfunctional state.

While briefing the Provincial Legislature's Standing Committee on Community Safety on its annual report, Ipid officials said its office in the Western Cape had more complaints against police officers compared to other provinces.

Ipid's Western Cape head Tlabo Thokolo has conceded the organisation performed poorly due to understaffing and that it is not as effective as it should be.

African National Congress MPL Richard Dyantyi says this is a huge problem

"This is horror; put aside the state of that organisation, I'm interested in the environment in the province."

The African Christian Democratic Party's Ferlon Christians says it's unacceptable that the situation at Ipid remains the same as last year.

"This report is actually discouraging because of the poor performance."

Officials have been told to go back and improve the state of the organisation.