Cape Town - Parliament has officially sealed former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride’s fate and ratified the decision by the portfolio committee on police not to renew his contract after it terminated last month.
This follows lengthy consultations by the committee and legal battles between Police Minister Bheki Cele and McBride.
Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said the decision to adopt the report did not come as a surprise as McBride is not entitled to have his contract renewed.
“Mr McBride, in his court papers, acknowledged that he has no right or entitlement to renewal and that the authority to determine whether the contract should be renewed lies with the portfolio committee on police,” said Beukman.
A total of 172 ANC MPs voted in support of the report against five from the DA. Parliament has now left McBride with the courts as his last resort for relief.