Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence selected Stlhoumamaru Dintwe as its preferred candidate for the position of inspector-general of intelligence‚ the legislature announced on Thursday.
He also served as a deputy director of policy and research in the Gauteng Department of Community Safety. During his interview‚ Dintwe said the office of the inspector-general of intelligence could not compromise on its independence.
In an item on Parliament’s announcements‚ tabling and committee reports‚ the joint standing committee highlighted the multiple processes that it went through to select an inspector-general.
“The best-performing candidate during the interviews was Dr Setlhomamaru Isaac Dintwe‚ who impressed all the members of the subcommittee.
“The joint standing committee on intelligence‚ therefore‚ unanimously nominates him for consideration by the National Assembly‚ for recommendation to the President for appointment as the inspector-general of intelligence‚” said the announcement.
The initial process took place in February of 2015‚ when eight candidates‚ including former African National Congress MP Cecil Burgess‚ were shortlisted. The Democratic Alliance objected to a closed interview process and the committee re-advertised for a new inspector-general of intelligence.
The committee said‚ after the second process‚ Burgess’ nomination did not pass muster and was referred back to the committee by the National Assembly for further processing and consideration.
– TMG Digital/BusnessLIVE