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ANC makes U-turn on Burgess for Inspector-General of Intelligence post

The ANC withdrew a Parliamentary report recommending Burgess for the post.

Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has withdrawn a Parliamentary report recommending former ANC MP Cecil Burgess for the post of Inspector-General of Intelligence, before it could be put to a vote in the National Legislature.

The governing party has decided to refer the matter back to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, after failing to muster the opposition support it needed to get Burgess' nomination through.

The Inspector-General of intelligence, who acts as watchdog over the country's spies, is appointed by the President on the recommendation of a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly.

In a battle of who would blink first, the ANC has been defeated.

The party's deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakude proposed that MPs review the nomination.

"I move that the report be referred back to the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence for further consideration and report."

There were cheers from the opposition benches, and the proposal was adopted.

The post of Inspector General of Intelligence has been vacant for nearly a year.