National Assembly approves nomination of Imtiaz Ahmed Fazel for the appointment as inspector-General of Intelligence

By Parliamentary Press

The National Assembly (NA), has approved the nomination of Imtiaz Ahmed Fazel for appointment as the Inspector-General of Intelligence

The Act mandates the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) to recommend a candidate for approval by at least two thirds of the National Assembly Members. 

Once the House approves the recommendation the name is then sent to the President of the Republic of South Africa to consider the nominee for appointment as an Inspector-General. The position became vacant on 15 March 2022. 
 The JSCI embarked on a thorough appointment process which included publishing of an advertisement in national and local newspapers in all official languages on 2 June 2021. 

A number of inquiries were received after the closing date and necessitated the Committee to extend the closing date to enable those who missed the advertisement an opportunity to apply for the position. The committee extended the deadline to 30 September 2021 to ensure maximum public consultation and participation on the work of Parliament, as it was cognisant of the importance of the position. 
 The Committee received a total of 25 applications for the position who, following a thorough screening process, were found to meet the requirements in terms of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act. 

Following deliberations, the JSCI resolved by a simple majority of members present to nomination Imtiaz Ahmed Fazel for approval by the National Assembly, for recommendation to the President for appointment. 
 The sitting also approved a report of the Portfolio Committee on Communications for the appointment of four candidates to serve on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Council. 
The four candidates are: Nompucuko Nontombana, Dikeledi Mushi, Thabisa Faye and Ntombiza Sithole. 

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