- The Democratic Alliance feels Police Minister Bheki Cele's reasoning on Robert McBride is 'shaky'
- The opposition party feels that Cele will have his work cut out for him convincing the committee
- McBride is set to testify before the Zondo Commission, despite the minister's announcement that he would not be renewing his contract
Robert McBride, Independent Police Investigative director, is gearing up for his battle with Police Minister Bheki Cele.
The Democratic Alliance has come out in his support, with DA Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele saying in a statement:
“The DA finds the reasoning as reported to be shaky,”
This comes after the minister's submission this morning in addition to McBride's response to it. Mbehele went on to say:
“the DA has noted reports outlining Police Minister Bheki Cele’s seeming rationale for his desire not to renew the contract of Ipid executive director Robert McBride for another five years. The central consideration that must occupy the minds of committee members from today until the conclusion of this matter is the substantive fitness-for-purpose and eligibility of Robert McBride to continue in the office of Ipid executive Director.”
This comes in response to allegations that McBride was guilty of misconduct or incompetence, which the minister claims is enough to warrant his removal from office. The DA is not convinced and has said that:
"While we acknowledge that there have been allegations levelled against McBride, these allegations are as yet untested and unproven,”
According to The Citizen, McBride will be taking the stand at the Zondo commission of inquiry. The IPID director had initially pulled out of testifying after Cele announced that he would not be renewing his contract for a second term.
Briefly.co.za gathers that this has left people wondering why and McBride's statement seems likely to contain damning allegations backed with evidence to substantiate them.
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