As revealed by the 2016/17 Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Annual Report, irregular expenditure at IPID has climbed by 740 percent.
The report specified that irregular expenditure at the department totalled R21.5 million.
It was buttressed that the 21.5 million irregular expenditure at IPID consists majorly of R12.7 million from 2015 and R6.3 million from 2016. In all, the total amount represents a 739.5% increase from the preceding year.
Reacting to this revelation, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party reminded South Africans that IPID asked for R5 million from Parliament six months ago. Then, the Directorate contended that the money would help it complete its investigations into the Marikana massacre.
Four months later, it circulated that the Directorate can’t complete one of the Farlam Commission into the massacre of the 44 Marikana miners recommendations because of lack of finances.
Based on the above, the DA asserted that the regression of IPID’s financial management was triggered by the politically-driven period of organisational destabilisation during the reign of the former Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko.
It “is now impacting on its ability to carry out its mandate of conducting independent and impartial investigations of crime committed by SAPS and Municipal Police Service (MPS) members.
“IPID is meant to be the watchdog over those entrusted with our safety and security and were compromised in their ability to do so.
“Thanks to a Minister at the time who actively worked against its effectiveness and an unfit-for-purpose leadership that seemed intent on hollowing out its capacity,” stated DA.
Having said that, DA agitated that the people of South Africa must be immediately reassured that their safety is not being risked by IPID’s inability to keep its financial affairs in order. And, that the department would implement an urgent recovery plan.