Police watchdog head Robert McBride is fighting three of the police’s top bosses in court for information about a meeting where senior officials allegedly discussed inflating the price of a procurement contract he believed would have been used to launder money to buy votes at the ANC’s elective conference in December 2017. In his court application, McBride said police commissioner Khehla Sitole and his two deputies breached their duties by failing to give the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) information and documents it requested for three investigations into contracts between the police and a company trading as I-View Integrated Systems. One of the three probes involved an aborted contract Ipid suspected was going to be used to launder money to buy votes at the ANC’s highly contested elective conference in December 2017, where Cyril Ramaphosa narrowly beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the party’s next president. The aborted deal was allegedly to buy a cellpho...

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