A lesson in how not to govern – Robert McBride on court victory

2016-09-06 17:10
Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - It should be unnecessary for an independent organisation to have to protect itself from interference by the executive, said suspended head of Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride.

He made the comments outside of the Constitutional Court where he won his bid to get confirmation from the highest court in the land on the unlawfulness of his suspension.

McBride was suspended in March 2015 by police Minister Nathi Nhleko in relation to his report on the 2010 renditions of a group of Zimbabweans. The North Gauteng High Court had already ruled in his favour.

Both courts ruled that his suspension was unlawful.

McBride said the court giving Parliament 24 months to fix the discrepancies in the Ipid Act confirmed its independence.

"The principle has been firmly established, Ipid can now do its work without fear, favour or prejudice, it's imperative for us now to act with even greater integrity and ethical behaviour," he said.

McBride said he was looking forward to returning to work. His suspension has been preserved for 30 days, in which time Parliament can make a decision on whether to institute disciplinary charges against him or not. He said it was more important for Ipid to fulfil its mandate than ever before.

McBride, who said he was happy with the judgment, said there were key lessons in the dispute for the executive.

"It's an important lesson for the executive, especially the minister, on how not to govern, on how not to interfere with an independent organisation.

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