Robert McBride has filed an urgent court application to challenge the decision to not renew his contract as head of the police watchdog. McBride’s contract as Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head was due to lapse on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the police committee backed police minister Bheki Cele’s decision to not keep McBride in the role for another term. In a statement, McBride said the committee’s decision was irrational. “The independence of Ipid is under attack by no less than the minister of police and rubber-stamped by the [portfolio committee on police], which failed to protect Ipid’s independence — not for the first time. I have filed papers today to review the patently irrational decision by the [committee], which is the de facto decision of the minister,” said McBride. “I am proud of the Ipid team, which has shown an unwavering commitment to fighting corruption in the face of opposition, persecution and interference at the highest levels.”

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