South Africa’s intelligence inspector-general is Indian: The nation’s Parliament has named the Inspector-General of Intelligence (IGI) of South Africa: Imtiaz Ahmed Fazel, an intelligence agency officer of Indian descent.
The State Security Agency, Military Intelligence, and the Crime Intelligence Branch of the South African Police Services are the three primary intelligence agencies in South Africa. The IGI is authorize by law to look into abuse complaints in any of these agencies.
The NA approved Fazel’s nomination under Section 7(1) of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, No. 40 of 1994.
Fazel outperformed the 12 other applicants who made the shortlist for interviews from the 25 suitable applicants for the position.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa still has to ratify the appointment formally.
The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) must recommend a candidate for approval by two-thirds of the National Assembly.
“Once the House has approved the proposal, the President of the Republic of South Africa is notified. So that the candidate may consider for appointment as an IGI. On March 15, 2022, the IGI job became vacant, according to the announcement.
Fazel will fill the vacancy left by the departure of Setlhomamaru Isaac Dintwe as IGI’s previous leader on March 15 of this year.
The JSCI initiated a rigorous recruiting procedure, including extending the application date. “to guarantee maximum public input and involvement on Parliament’s activities”
Fazel began his career in the intelligence field in 1997 as a consultant for the former Ministry of Intelligence Service and worked there until 2002.
Fazel had a permanent role as the IGI’s chief operations officer for the next ten years.
He has a Master’s degree in security studies, among other credentials.
Fazel’s most recent position was as the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s deputy director-general for risk compliance and governance. He conducted an examination into the wrongly built 40 million rand barrier at Beit Bridge with Zimbabwe.