Robert McBride calls corruption biggest threat to national security

Robert McBride calls corruption biggest threat to national security

- Robert McBride has detailed extensive SAPS corruption to the Zondo Commission

- He added that good cops would be undermined and frustrated

- McBride also claimed that the SAPS was driven by extensive patronage networks

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Robert McBride has said that the biggest threat to South African national security comes from corrupt government figures.

He made the comments in his testimony before the Zondo Commission.

He said that those responsible for state capture were driven by greed and had no respect for the Constitution or rule of law.

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McBride described a particularly bleak situation within the SAPS, which he says is also a hotbed of corruption and is run via extensive patronage networks. He said job appointments in return for favours were common.

He went on to say that many stealing state money was the chief aim of many senior police officials, adding that he believed billions had been stolen via SAPS. 

McBride also alleged that any individuals who tried to stand up to these underhand operations would be undermined and frustrated by the Minister of Police.

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He also told the Zondo Commission that this demoralised those in SAPS who were actually committed to justice and the rule of law, as they would be held back and passed over for promotions while corrupt cops would rise through the ranks, according to the Daily Maverick.

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McBride said that IPID was the last uncorrupted organisation standing, but that it met considerable resistance when investigators tried to look into corruption in the SAPS, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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