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Parly given power to axe Ipid head as Ramaphosa signs off on 2 amendment bills

The president may have had his hands full with COVID-19 related urgent business, but he did find the time to sign the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill into law.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally put pen to paper when he signed two key amendment bills into law.

One bill, the Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill deals with making political party funding transparent.

The other is the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act which gives powers to Parliament to suspend or remove the head of Ipid.

The laws were signed on 26 May.

The president may have had his hands full with COVID-19 related urgent business, but he did find the time to sign the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill into law.

The Constitutional Court in 2016 declared parts of the Ipid Act invalid and unconstitutional as they gave the Minister of Police absolute powers to suspend or remove the head of Ipid without a parliamentary process.

The DA during debates had accused Minister of Police Bheki Cele of not willing to surrender his powers over the Ipid when it comes to suspension and removal of its head.

The Promotion of Access to Information Amendment Bill introduced a new chapter in the act, dealing with the publication and availability of political parties’ records of funding.

Party funding records will now have to be made public every quarter and held for five years according to the act.