The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) will not "grind to a halt" without its executive director Robert McBride when his term ends at the end of February this year, Police Minister Bheki Cele argues in court papers.
In papers filed in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Cele argues that McBride's application to fight for his job is premature and moot.
McBride has filed an urgent application, asking the court to declare Cele's decision not to renew his appointment as IPID executive director "unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid".
However, Cele argues: "IPID will not grind to a halt without him. An acting director will do just fine while the National Assembly and the portfolio committee decides whether to confirm or reject my preliminary decision."
Cele said if his decision was confirmed, the post would be advertised and that nothing was stopping McBride from applying.
He also added that if his preliminary decision was rejected, then McBride's term would be renewed, and he would still get his full five-year term.
The police minister also said he had informed McBride that he would be forwarding his decision to the parliamentary portfolio committee for its consideration.
"The same day, I wrote to the chairperson of the portfolio committee and asked the committee to either confirm or reject my decision not to renew the term of office of Mr McBride."
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