The Helen Suzman Foundation’s (HSF) participated litigation related to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), in order to ensure independence from undue political interference. A direct threat to this independence came first in 2015, when the Minister of Police unilaterally suspended the then IPID Executive Director, Robert McBride. Another threat came in 2018, when the Minister of Police sought to unduly interfere with the renewal of McBride’s term as IPID’s executive Director. In both instances, the HSF participated in litigation to ensure and defend IPID’s independence.