Robert McBride has lashed out at police minister Bheki Cele, saying allegations that he is not a fit and proper person to head up the police watchdog are “nothing but a feeble attempt” to prop up a negative narrative about him. The tension between McBride and Cele reached boiling point when the minister informed McBride that he would not renew his term as head of police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid). McBride has not shied away from investigating top police officers when allegations of impropriety emerged, including former police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. McBride took Cele’s decision to court and succeeded in placing the issue of whether he should be reappointed firmly in the hands of the parliamentary portfolio committee on police. This was because the appointment of the Ipid head goes through parliament and is not unilaterally done by the minister. Cele’s original letter to McBride in which he is informed about the nonrenewal of his contract...

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