The Bad Blood Between Nhleko and McBride Continues

By Drum Digital
20 October 2016

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has told the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head, Robert McBride, that their professional relationship has “irretrievably broken down”.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has told the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head, Robert McBride, that their professional relationship has “irretrievably broken down”.

 Nhleko has asked the head of the police watchdog, who returned to work today after being suspended for almost two year, to approach National Assembly  Speaker Baleka Mbete for clarity on where he should be reporting.

“The Minister has written a letter to Mr McBride informing him that in light of his conduct during his suspension and utterances he made about the Minister it is clear that the employment relationship between them is irretrievably broken down,” said ministerial  spokesperson  Sandile Ngidi.

Nhleko suspended McBride  in March last year, accusing him of tampering with an interim report relating to Zimbabweans who were allegedly deported back to their home country illegally, and were later discovered to have been  killed allegedly by the Zimbabwean government.

McBride returned to work today following a decision by the Parliament’s police committee not to institute disciplinary action against him. In September, the Constitutional Court declared his suspension invalid as IPID is independent from the police minister.

Nhleko then submitted a request that Parliament institutes a disciplinary action against McBride. The Constitutional Court ruled that its order be suspended for 30 days so that the National Assembly and Minister Nhleko can decide on disciplinary steps against McBride.  Parliament did not conduct a disciplinary hearing until the deadline lapsed.

 Ngidi told DRUM that there were no personal issues between the Minister and McBride and he says he doesn’t think Nhleko wants McBride to resign.

IPID spokersperson Moses Dlamini confirmed that McBride returned to work today and had a meeting with management.

He was, however, unaware of Nhleko’s letter. “We must check if he has received this letter. I’m not aware whether he will respond to it. “ he said

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