https://www.polity.org.za
Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Statements RSS ← Back
Service
Service
service
Close

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.

Sponsored by

Close

Article Enquiry

DA: Minister Cele must justify why he wants a new IPID boss

Verification Image. Please refresh the page if you cannot see this image.
Close

Embed Video

DA: Minister Cele must justify why he wants a new IPID boss

Police Minister, Bheki Cele

13th February 2019

ARTICLE ENQUIRY      SAVE THIS ARTICLE      EMAIL THIS ARTICLE

Font size: -+

The Portfolio Committee on Police will meet tomorrow to deliberate on the renewal of the five-year contract of the IPID Executive Director, Mr Robert McBride. This follows an agreement reached in the Gauteng High Court between Police Minister Bheki Cele and McBride that an indication by the Police Minister that he would not renew the IPID Director's term was a "preliminary decision" that must still be confirmed or rejected by the Portfolio Committee on Police, as would be applicable in an appointment process.

The DA reiterates our call that Minister Cele must provide rational, cogent and substantive reasons to McBride, the Police Portfolio Committee and the South African public for his plan not to renew the contract. In addition, we would want McBride to be afforded an opportunity to respond to the Minister's explanation in order to enable the Committee to make an informed and balanced decision.

Advertisement

An honest and professional police service should be one of the Minister’s top priorities, and under McBride's leadership, IPID has made significant investigative breakthroughs in detecting systemic corruption and procurement irregularities in the South African Police Service (SAPS). It is therefore baffling that Minister Cele would seek to make such a move that disrupts the continuity of this work. At the least, it is an ignorant step and at most, it is highly suspicious and easily interpreted as an attempt to neuter the IPID's robust corruption-busting investigative work.

For these reasons, at tomorrow's meeting the DA will insist on ministerial testimony prior to the Committee making any determination of confirmation or rejection. We should be able to interrogate Minister Cele to clarify whether his intention has taken into account the successes of the IPID under McBride's leadership, as well as the likely adverse consequences of non-renewal for the Directorate's effectiveness and instability.

Advertisement

 

Issued by The DA

EMAIL THIS ARTICLE      SAVE THIS ARTICLE ARTICLE ENQUIRY

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

Comment Guidelines

About

Polity.org.za is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Polity.org.za is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now