11 November 2015
South Africa is among 13 countries that form the executive committee of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), elected on a three-year mandate.
The executive committee consists of the president, three vice-presidents and nine delegates representing the organisation’s four regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.
The committee is an elective body responsible for complying with the resolutions of the general assembly, by which it supervises the execution of the decisions of the assembly.
Voting took place during Interpol’s general assembly, held last week in Kigali, Rwanda.
The South African delegation on the executive committee will be headed by Brigadier Anbuen Naidoo, who is also the head of Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB), situated in Pretoria.
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The NCB was recently incorporated into the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, and will report directly to its national head, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza. The bureau is set to be staffed by highly trained police under the command and control of the Hawks, which links the South African Police Service (SAPS) to global law enforcement agencies.
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said they were humbled by the vote of confidence shown by fellow members of Interpol on the continent and vowed to continue playing a leading role in international policing.
“We commit to using this position to promote the interests of the continent in the global fight against international organised crime. We appreciate that this fight must have a global face and Interpol is that face.
“The Hawks’ leading role will strengthen South Africa’s footprint in building criminal databases and co-operating with other international policing agencies on cross-border investigations, operations and arrests,” said Nhleko.
Interpol is the world’s biggest international police organisation, with 190 member countries.
“Our role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place,” reads the official website. “Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.”