The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head’s legal team filed notice with the court that he intended to apply for an urgent interdict against a decision by Parliament’s police portfolio committee to confirm a decision by police minister Bheki Cele to not renew McBride’s term – which expired on Thursday, 28 February – for another five years.

In the court papers, McBride said he wished to approach the court on an urgent basis to convince it that the committee’s decision was “unlawful and invalid” and should be “reviewed and set aside”.

McBride is also requesting access to all the committee’s documents and recordings that informed MPs’ decision that his contract not be renewed.

In a statement shortly after filing his paper, McBride lashed out at MPs and called their decision “irrational”,  claiming the decision was an attack on Ipid’s independence.

“If it were not for the disturbing theatrics and unabashed bias which was there for everyone to see, I would simply walk away as I have never claimed entitlement to any position.

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“Rather, we are interested in actions that are not only consistent but are also in terms of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of our country,” McBride said in the statement.

“However, since the independence of the Ipid is under attack by no less than the Minister of Police and rubber-stamped by the [Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP)] which failed to protect Ipid’s independence (not for the first time) I have filed papers today to review the patently irrational decision by the PCP, which is the de facto decision of the minister.”

In the meanwhile, the ANC’s study group for police, in a statement penned by MP Leonard Ramatlakane, welcomed the committee’s stance on the matter.

It listed six reasons for not renewing McBride’s contract, ranging from the need for a relationship of trust between the Police minister and the Ipid head to McBride’s lack of security clearance.

It also cited adverse findings by the Public Service Commission against McBride regarding the withdrawal of security clearance for vetting officer Luanda Saohatse and a pending investigation by the Public Protector into allegations of misconduct against Ipid members.

“In light of the above, the committee has urged the minister to initiate the process of advertising and short listing of candidates for appointment in order for the Committee to participate in the recommendation of the new Ipid Head in line with the Ipid Act,” the study group said.

– African News Agency

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