Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) executive director Robert McBride says the watchdog’s finances are in such a poor state it has to secure funding transfers from the institution whose officers it is tasked with investigating — the South African Police Service (SAPS). McBride was briefing MPs on the police committee in Parliament on Wednesday. He told the committee that Ipid started the 2017-18 financial year with serious budgetary constraints as a result of the previous year’s accruals, which necessitated the watchdog seeking funds from the police. McBride was, however, adamant that this would not have a negative effect on the watchdog’s independence. McBride was appearing before the police committee for the first time since being charged with assault. The MPs serving on the committee have debated whether the Ipid boss should be suspended, pending the outcome of his case. McBride said that the complainant in the matter, who is his daughter, had opted to withdraw th...

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