LETTER: McBride a target of still-corrupt ANC
Minister’s bid to oust the head of the police watchdog is akin to the Sars rogue-unit debacle
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his faction are putting enormous effort into trying to persuade voters that the ANC is reformed and now anti-corruption.
That this is untrue is being clearly demonstrated, as we have to watch a repeat of the shameful SA Revenue Service (Sars) “rogue unit” saga. In that episode a most useful section of Sars was destroyed and individual careers wrecked to prevent the “outing” of major wrongdoing. Now we have a minister of police, Bheki Cele — whose earlier career was already tainted — doing his best to get rid of Robert McBride, and no doubt for exactly the same wrongful purpose.
State capture was permitted due to the majority of ANC MPs doing nothing about it and betraying their oath of office. Once again, Cele’s action has been rubber-stamped by a supine bunch of ANC MPs neglecting their duty to the nation.
By most accounts, McBride has been doing an excellent job at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, a vital department if the police service is ever to be straightened out. If the ANC leadership lets the nation down on this issue, how the hell can we continue to trust them with anything?