'Whether I win or lose, my successor will be supported' - Robert McBride

Former IPID head Robert Mcbride says he is challenging the way in which the Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police decided not to renew his contract, describing it as an issue of principle.

McBride's term in office ended on Thursday.

READ: McBride approaches High Court in a bid to keep his job

While the former Ipid head's legal team has confirmed it will take the portfolio committee's decision on review, the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) national council has called on national government to reconsider its decision and says the move is reckless.

McBride sat down with Karima Brown to share his observations on the matter and details surrounding a series of unsubstantiated allegations lodged against him and the institution during his tenure.

You have a series of unsubstantiated allegations but this is the nature of an anti-corruption unit, It will get accused of stuff, if you are not getting accused of stuff then you are not doing your job.

Robert McBride, Former Ipid head

McBride says whether he wins or loses his case, his successor will be supported as there is a foundation and culture that has been set at the institution.

Whoever my successor is, whether I win or lose, that person will be supported. There is a foundation set, there is a culture and an attitude. Before, police would ignore inquiries from Ipid, now they comply.

Robert McBride, Former Ipid head

McBride say he has never viewed his position as a political appointment.

There is life outside of mainstream cut and thrust politics. You cannot only define people by their political origins, you have to look at people as a whole and everything that makes them.

Robert McBride, Former Ipid head

He says acting head Victor Senna should not be prejudged at this stage and says Senna is thorough in his work.

He has got a good support around him so give him a chance, he must be aware that he will be approached to be pliant. He must resist. He is sufficiently assertive and confident. Do not erode the independence, stand firm.

Robert McBride, Former Ipid head

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