Nhleko request for McBride parliamentary inquiry a no go, again

2016-12-07 17:38
Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

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Cape Town – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko will have to wait a bit longer for to see if Parliament will go ahead with disciplinary action against head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride.

This after Parliament's portfolio committee on police decided on Wednesday that his latest request for the disciplinary action still needed to be a House resolution.

Nhleko had previously, in November, asked Parliament to establish an inquiry into McBride.

"Once this process has commenced, I will be in a position to suspend him for the alleged misconduct and the prosecutor will be in a position to reinstate the criminal charges against him," Nhleko said in his letter to the Speaker.

He called for the process to start as "soon as possible".

The Speaker referred the letter to the police committee.

MPs unsure about process

But on Wednesday, the committee decided that nothing had changed with regards to the request and this needed to be a resolution in the National Assembly before they could handle it.

The matter is related to claims that McBride altered an investigation report into the alleged illegal rendition of several Zimbabweans.

DA MP Zakhele Mbhele said the allegations were serious and needed to be tested in Parliament.

It is the process, however, that MPs were not sure about.

ANC MP Jerome Maake said the referral was confusing and legal advice should be considered on the matter.

The moment they started an investigation, FF Plus MP Petrus Groenewald said, the minister would suspend McBride.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said they noted the letter, but nothing had changed from the first time when the process was stalled.

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