Ramaphosa appoints Fazel as Inspector-General of Intelligence

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Imtiaz Fazel as the Inspector-General of Intelligence for a period of five years with effect from 1 November 2022. 

This comes after approval by the National Assembly of Fazel’snomination for the position.

Magwenya claimed that Fazel’s appointment is a continuation of the attention the president is giving to strengthening the capability of the state, including the security sector.

“The National Assembly approval followed a public process in which 25 persons applied for the position and 12 were interviewed by the Joint Standing Committee in Intelligence.

The Intelligence Services Oversight Act mandates the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) to recommend a candidate for approval by at least two thirds of the National Assembly Members,” said Magwenya.

The appointment of Mr Fazel is in line with Section 210(b) of the Constitution, read in conjunction with Section 7(1) of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act of 1994.

Fazel will be expected to monitor and review the operations of the intelligence services, including the State Security Agency, the Defence Intelligence Division of the South African National Defence Force and the Crime Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service.

Amongst other issues, he is expected to make sure that the country and the world are a safer place.

His appointment comes after the US has warned South African government of a possible terrorist attack in South Africa’s wealthiest suburbs, Sandton.

Ramaphosa criticized the US for failing to discuss a terror alert issued by the American Embassy with local authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Citizens were advised to avoid crowds of people and other large public gatherings.

“It was quite unfortunate that the US government issued that type of warning without having had a deep-dive type of discussion with us.

“It is unfortunate that another government should issue such a threat as to send panic among our people,” said Ramaphosa.


Fazel is a former Chief Operating Officer – at the level of Deputy Director-General – in the Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and a former Deputy Director-General in the Office of the Director-General of the State Security Agency.

“From 2015 to 2020, he served as Deputy Director-General: Governance, Risk and Compliance in the Department of Public Works, following which he served as Acting Director-General in the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure.”

He has obtained a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Degree from the University of South Africa.

In addition to his qualifications, Fazel holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Western Cape and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, among other achievements.

Ramaphosa promised to support Fazel in his role as Inspector-General of Intelligence.


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