Robert McBride struggled to keep his job as IPID boss


The head of the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID), Robert McBride, challenged the decision of the Police Minister Bheki Cele not to extend or extend his contract which expired at the end of February, the documents were seen by the News24 event.

"I hereby inform you that I have decided not to renew or extend your employment contract as IPID executive director. You are hereby notified that your last official working day is Thursday, February 28, 2019," Cele wrote in a letter dated 16 January.

The police minister noted that he would notify the Minister of Public Services and the Ayanda Dlodlo Administration about his decision regarding the McBride contract.

However, the IPID boss returned to Cele on Tuesday.

"By unilaterally determining whether my term as IPID Executive Director must be renewed or extended, and terminating my office ownership, you have acted unlawfully and violated the independence inherent in the constitutionality of IPID," McBride said.

Spokesperson for Bheki Cele, Reneilwe Serero, confirmed that McBride's letter was received by the Cele office at around 17:30.

"We received a letter from Mr. McBride and we will comment later."

McBride also wrote a letter to the chairman of the police portfolio committee Francois Beukman.

"This is for the police portfolio committee – the body responsible for confirming the appointment of the IPID executive director – to determine whether to extend or extend my term of office, not the police minister."

McBride stated in his two letters that he would seek an urgent legal solution if Cele and the police portfolio committee did not address his concerns.

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