The Portfolio Committee on Police will announce its decision on Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBride’s contract on Thursday.
This was revealed by advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, for the committee, in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
“Until a decision has been made, this matter is premature,” Ngcukaitobi said.
McBride’s advocate, Steven Budlender, argued that: “What we envisage is that if a decision is taken to retain McBride then there is no problem, but if a decision is not taken at all then we wish to be heard by Your Lordship before midnight on Thursday.”
The parties are expected to appear again in court at 14:00 on Thursday after a decision has been made.
Speaking to our correspondent following the court case, McBride questioned whether the process currently underway in Parliament would be fair and rational.
‘Minister has never raised these issues with me’
He said there were new complaints before the committee which he was not informed about or given a chance to respond to.
“Fairness is absent because we haven’t been given a chance to respond and some stuff is inaccurate [and] we don’t even know who are the complainants,” he said.
“None of these issues that have been put before the portfolio committee has the minister (Bheki Cele) ever raised with me, not once,” he said.
McBride plans to send a letter to the committee later on Tuesday “outlining problems with the process”.
“I never thought that anyone would ever dare again and have a go at an independent institution, clearly, I was wrong. Minister Cele has interfered in a number of occasions in the internal running.”
On Monday, the police committee deliberated on the renewal of McBride’s contract, which comes to an end on Thursday.