22 July 2024 | 02:50 AM

Listen: Sam Sole unpacks the central role of Robert McBride in the ‘Saps Wars’


The war for the soul of the ANC is a war for the country. Gangsters, cops, gangster-cops and gangster-politicians have a big stake in the outcome.

AmaBhungane’s Sam Sole spoke to Radio 702’s Bongani Bingwa about the third instalment in his and Caryn Dolley’s Saps Wars series of articles.

Part 3 traces the central role of Robert McBride — and his not so surprising fallout with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s minister of police, Bheki Cele.

In his discussion with Bingwa, Sole noted, “We forget that state capture began with the capture of the security networks and the NPA. State capture was originally a project to protect then president Jacob Zuma from the prosecution which has now resumed.

“How the consequences of that battle — the successful attempts to control the police, the Hawks, the intelligence and prosecution services are still working their way through now and the fight between McBride and Cele is part of that history.”

Listen to the podcast here.

When McBride was reinstated as the head of Ipid … he really began a campaign to clean out, what he regarded as the dirty cops — those that were there to serve their political masters.

“What we see is that this set McBride on a collision course with Bheki Cele, at least as far as the allegations of Bheki Cele’s history and the ways in which may have been compromised by crime intelligence,” Sole said.

Read Part 1 and 2 of the series:

SAPS Wars Part 1: The blurry blue line between the cops and the Cape underworld

SAPS Wars Part 2: It ain’t over till the fat Czech sings

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Before joining the amaBhungane team in 2017, Micah was the national coordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA Honours in History from Wits University.

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