Mbete hits back at the police minister

By Drum Digital
21 October 2016

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has accused Police Minister Nathi Nhleko of casting aspersions on Parliament’s processes after the minister criticised the legislature’s handling of Robert McBride’s suspension


Nhleko earlier asked Independent Police Investigative Directorate head McBride to ask Mbete to tell him where he should report to as their professional relationship had “irretrievably broken down” because of what McBride had said about him during his suspension. The Constitutional Court ruled that Nhleko had no authority to discipline the Ipid head and said Parliament had up to 30 days to take action on the matter, but Parliament didn’t do so.

“The statement [from Nhleko], in its totality, raises serious concerns and casts aspersions on Parliamentary processes. This is unprecedented, unwarranted and unfortunate. Parliament operates on the basis of Rules and set processes and these were followed in this regard,” said Parliament in a statement.

Mbete said she would  urgently take this matter up with the Leader of Government Business Cyril Ramaphosa.

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