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Robert McBride to challenge non-renewal of Ipid contract

Parliament's police portfolio committee recommended that the Ipid head's contract not be renewed or another term.

FILE: Robert McBride. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride's legal team has confirmed that it will be taking the decision not to renew his contract on review.

Parliament's police portfolio committee recommended that the Ipid head's contract not be renewed or another term.

A report by the committee found that the trust between McBride had broken down.

The committee also noted how his security clearance had lapsed.

The Ipid head had approached the High Court to challenge the decision by Police Minister Bheki Cele not to renew his contract but the parties agreed that this would be decided by the portfolio committee.

His contract is due to come to an end on Thursday.

In his review application, McBride wants the committee’s decision not to renew his contract to be declared unlawful.
But the committee said it wants to start the process of finding a replacement for McBride as soon as possible.

African National Congress MP Xolani Ngwezi said: “I chairperson, therefore, would like to suggest that this portfolio committee begins with the process of the recruitment of the new executive director and that must unfold with immediate effect and Mr McBride is free to apply should he feel so.”

The National Freedom Party’s Shaik Emam said the contract was coming to an end and it was up to Parliament to make the final decision.

“It is not the minister’s decision to make the final decision but it is this committee’s and the minister by virtue of us has now left it to this committee to decide."

McBride’s lawyer Jac Marais says they are still waiting for a court date from the High Court in Pretoria for his appeal to be heard.

McBride has now launched an urgent court interdict against the decision over his contract.

He wants the committee's decision to be declared unlawful, invalid, reviewed and set aside for a fresh decision within 30 days.

Speaking on 702’s Karima Brown Show, Marais says the decision should never be to advance political interests.

“whether it’s the national assembly of the portfolio committee on police, it’s the debate that one can have. But there is no doubt that whoever takes this decision, cannot take the decision in a biased way or to advance political interests.”

Pending McBride’s review application, which lists the committee as the first respondent, it will then be up to Cele to nominate an acting head until a permanent replacement is appointed.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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