- Police Minister Bheki Cele has appointed Victor Senna as the IPID's new acting head and chief financial officer
- While little is known about the reasons behind his choice, it is undoubtedly usual to instate an accountant to spear head the watchdog
- Senna is expected to present his game plan for the next few months to the police portfolio committee today
With Minister Bheki Cele announcing Victor Senna, as the new acting head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, people are stumped as to why national investigations boss Matthews Sesekeo didn't get the job.
The reasons behind the police minister's choice are unclear, but an accountant is a strange pick to spear head the police watchdog.
Professor Ebrahim Fakir, a political analyst, agrees that the choice was unexpected, if not bizarre:
“The Ipid executive director chairs a structure which gives strategic direction to the organisation and on investigations and the like, but maybe this accountant is competent to do that – I don’t know,”
Fakir feels that the decision was politically motivated and 'mired in factional political battles' within the ruling party. With politically connected individuals running the risk of investigation, he feels this may have been to limit the damage:
“It’s part of the broader trajectory of the last 15 years where public institutions have been used to serve private – or corrupt – ends.”
Senna, in comparison to Seseko, has however managed to keep himself out of trouble during his stint as the CFO of the IPID after being appointed in February last year. Seseko has had to fight to defend his capabilities in court.
According to The Citizen, the newly appointed IPID boss has an impressive financial background but whether or not his qualifications are suited to investigative work remains to be seen.
The police portfolio committee has noted this, saying that he would have to present his CV and qualifications to them:
“Ipid needs to act in line with the Ipid Act and regulations in the execution of its core mandate, and all acts of criminal behaviour of members of the SAPS should be properly investigated and dealt with,”
Qualified or not, the new IPID boss is set to begin his tenor at the watchdog today, where he is expected to present his plans for the next 3 months, to the parliamentary police portfolio committee.
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