McBride contends that Cele has no rational locus standi to determine any matter related to Ipid because the apex court already declared Ipid independent of the SAPS and, by extension, the minister.
In other words: upon what justiciable legal premise is the committee blocking McBride’s re-appointment, rubber-stamping Cele’s decision to not renew his contract, when such premise has no force in law because the amendment deadline was missed by that selfsame portfolio committee?
Moreover, McBride is essentially arguing that the ANC, through Cele and the police portfolio committee, seeks to subordinate both the spirit and the letter of the Constitution to its political wishes.
The opposition DA supports McBride, that his tenure as head of Ipid be extended. It is for this apparent reason: If McBride’s contract is extended, so is his investigation of former police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane’s alleged link to the R45 million of SAPS money which might have been used to install a grabber and buy votes at last year’s elective conference of the ANC; by implicated an extension to the legitimacy of the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa, and then the DA can use any dirt found to win votes in the May poll.