Denise Williams
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25 Nov 2016
5:46 am

‘Impressive’ Dintwe touted as spy boss

Denise Williams

The position has been vacant since former intelligence-general Faith Radebe retired last year.

FILE PICTURE: Parliament, in Cape Town. (Photo: DoC)

After a two-year process, the joint standing committee on intelligence has submitted its preferred candidate to fill the vacant seat of inspector-general of intelligence to the National Assembly.

In parliament’s announcements, tablings and committee reports released on Thursday, the committee said Setlhomamaru Dintwe, who has a history in the police, was unanimously voted on to the spy agency’s civilian watchdog body.

Dintwe heads the police practice department in the College of Law at Unisa and holds a doctorate in police science specialising in forensic investigations.

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Other qualifications that helped secure his nomination were a bachelor of criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in technology in policing.

He has also served as a deputy director of policing and research in the Gauteng department of community safety. He started his career as a constable in the police before moving on to become a detective in the anti-corruption unit.

“The best-performing candidate during the interviews was Setlhomamaru Isaac Dintwe, who impressed all the members of the subcommittee,” the report read.

“The joint standing committee on intelligence, therefore, unanimously nominates him for consideration by the National Assembly, for recommendation to the president for appointment as the inspector-general of intelligence.”

The process, which has been fraught with hurdles, first got underway when the position was advertised in December 2014. The position has been vacant since former intelligence-general Faith Radebe retired in March last year.