McBride to take suspension to court

2015-05-26 17:54
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Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria has given executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Robert McBride, the go-ahead to challenge his suspension.

His case will be heard towards the end of August. It will be a constitutional challenge on whether Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has the power to suspend the head of the independent unit, which investigates allegations of misconduct against police officers.

McBride's lawyers intend to argue that it should have been put to Parliament to deliberate, and vote, on.

McBride was suspended in the fallout related to a Sunday Times report on the alleged rendition of Zimbabweans by the Hawks. A subsequent investigation by Ipid apparently produced two reports.

In 2010, five men, including Witness Ndeya, Gordon Dube and Pritchard Tshuma, were allegedly illegally repatriated to Zimbabwe by the Hawks. Ndeya and Dube were allegedly murdered by Zimbabwean police.

McBride, who was appointed IPID executive director in March 2014, was suspended this March.

In his notice of intention to suspend McBride, Nhleko alleged the IPID head had breached his statutory responsibility to act with independence and impartiality in that he informed Hawks head Anwa Dramat and Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya, through their legal representatives, in writing that they had been cleared by the IPID investigation.

Alternate suggestions are that McBride was protecting Dramat and Sibiya, or that the two were being targeted because they are part of high profile investigations.

McBride's disciplinary hearing was supposed to have started in Pretoria on May 21, but it was postponed to July 6 to allow his legal team to firm up the court bid, and for him to apply for a stay of the disciplinary, pending the court action.

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