Civilian oversight of police in South Africa: from the ICD to the IPID

Berg, J. (2013) Civilian oversight of police in South Africa: from the ICD to the IPID. Police Practice and Research, 14(2), pp. 144-154. (doi: 10.1080/15614263.2013.767094)

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South Africa’s transition to a democracy brought with it a holistic accountability system geared toward aligning the South African Police with democratic principles. This article focuses on one component of this accountability system – the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) and its recent successor, the Independent Police Investigative Directive (IPID). It aims to critically review the mandate and operations of the ICD; reflect on the shift from the ICD to the IPID; and discuss the IPID’s mandate in light of past difficulties. The article concludes with a discussion of the theoretical implications of this shift and current challenges of police oversight.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Berg, Dr Julie
Authors: Berg, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Police Practice and Research
Publisher:Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1477-271X
Published Online:11 February 2013

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