Robert McBride
Parliament - Police Minister Bheki Cele and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride are locked in a tussle in Parliament over the future of the latter after the minister’s request for a probe.

McBride said he welcomed the investigation by Parliament to prove his innocence and that the man who lodged the complaint against him, Ipid senior investigator Cedric Nkabinde, was lying.

Parliament confirmed on Saturday it would look into the matter next month when it reconvenes.

Chairman of the portfolio committee on police Francois Beukman said the matter would be discussed by the committee after it was referred to them by Speaker Baleka Mbete.

“The normal process will ensue when a matter like this is referred to the committee. The first thing is that we will consider the matter, evaluate it and consider the next step,” said Beukman.

McBride said the complaint against him was a response to the investigations of 10 generals in the South African Police Services (SAPS). He said Ipid had uncovered corruption amounting to hundreds of millions of rands.

McBride has told Parliament before about the matter.

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