Complaints directorate changes name
THE Independent Complaints Directorate has changed its name to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)
Effective from Sunday, the IPID's mandate would include the investigation of deaths in police custody and deaths resulting from police actions, said spokesman Moses Dlamini.
The IPID would also be responsible for dealing with complaints related to shots fired from official firearms by members of the police, rapes committed in police custody or by members of the police irrespective of whether they were on duty at the time. Allegations of torture or assault against police and police corruption would also fall into its jurisdiction. Dlamini said the IPID would no longer be responsible for matters related to service delivery or failure of the police to comply with the Domestic Violence Act, No. 116 of 1998.
Complaints of this nature would now be handled by the police's inspectorate and secretariat. The change was in line with the IPID Act, No. 1 of 2011, signed into law by President Jacob Zuma on May 12 last year.