Would You Like a Snake That Eats Other Snakes to Be Your Next IG?


What will be your reaction when someone introduces himself as a snake that eats other snakes? Well, this happens to be the words of Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe, an Inspector General candidate.

For those who do not know who Setlhomamaru Dintwe is, he is a Senior lecturer in the University of South Africa (UNISA), who might soon carry out civilian oversight over the country’s intelligence services

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Dintwe, selected as the preferred candidate to fill the Inspector General of Intelligence post, is the head of the police practice department at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

As a published author and co-editor, Dintwe worked as a police constable, a detective, and as a principal anti-corruption investigator.

Before he got involved in teaching, Dintwe had been a police official at the lower levels. He was an expert in forensic investigations, he told the committee, and had written a book on the subject.

During his interview with the committee responsible for the appointment, Dintwe presented himself as that candidate fit for the position and he was praised for his energy, even after waiting almost eight hours to be called in.

“I am competent for this office. I’m a cocktail, all in one. My career goes across all different spheres that are involved in anything which deals with the criminal justice system in this country,” he told the committee.

The confident candidate explained how he would perfectly carry out his job by referring to himself as that hunter who hunts for other hunters.

“The role of the oversight officer is that you have to become a snake that eats the other snakes. That is the role of the inspector general of intelligence.”

Impressed by Setlhomamaru Dintwe confidence and energetic comment about what he would change if chosen as to take up the post of Inspector General of Intelligence, the Parliament’s intelligence committee on Thursday said in their committee report that Dintwe had been unanimously chosen as the preferred candidate for the post, News24 reported.

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Now, his candidacy has to be approved by at least two-thirds of the Members of Parliament in the National Assembly as the National Assembly takes its final decision come Tuesday, November 29.