The DA welcomes the appointment of Imtiaz Fazel as the Inspector-General (IG) of Intelligence for a period of five years with effect from 1 November 2022. Fazel’s appointment was ratified by a unanimous decision of Parliament.
The innovative solutions and recommendations presented during his interview are a positive indication of much-needed change to be implemented in state security.
The DA hopes for an open-door policy with the new IG to ensure regular engagements and to addressing issues of concern, including the distrust from the public in state security and national intelligence. Making the country safer and advocating national interest is a major responsibility which requires non-wavering commitment to public interest and the rule of law.
Accountability should be at the top of the agenda for the new IG. All public office bearers are to be reminded that they are custodians of the law and not above it.
If the presidency and new IG of Intelligence is indeed serious about strengthening the capability of the state, they would ensure that the silos between the various partners in state security including the South African Police Service (SAPS), South African National Defense Force (SANDF), State Security Agency (SSA) are bridged to ensure coordinated and efficient operations.
The DA will closely monitor Mr. Fazel’s tenure in office and not relent in our efforts to ensure a safe and secure society for all South Africans.