Police minister Bheki Cele has not renewed Robert McBride’s contract as executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). In a letter to McBride dated January 16, Cele informs the head of the police watchdog that he has decided not to renew or extend his contract. McBride has had a volatile relationship with the police and has pursued some of the service’s top police officers. He was suspended by former police minister Nathi Nhleko, but this was overturned by the courts. Recently McBride launched an application to force police commissioner Khehla Sitole and his two deputies, Lt-Gen Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane and Lt-Gen Francinah Ntombenhle Vuma, to give Ipid information about a meeting in which senior officials allegedly discussed inflating the price of a procurement contract he believed would have been used to launder money with which to buy votes at the ANC’s elective conference in December 2017. In his application, McBride said Sitole and his two deputies...

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