IPID boss Robert McBride suspended

2015-03-12 21:09
Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

Robert Mcbride (File: Beeld)

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Cape Town – IPID head Robert McBride has been served a notice of suspension, according to reports.

eNCA reported that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko had served the suspension notice to the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday.

Hawks heads Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya were also suspended.

Jacaranda News tweeted that the IPID had confirmed McBride’s suspension.

Netwerk24's Pauli van Wyk reported earlier in the day that McBride had applied in the North Gauteng High Court for an urgent interdict to stop his "inevitable" and "pre-planned" suspension. 

McBride said in a statement the suspension was part of an agenda to remove the leadership of the Hawks.

McBride was named IPID head in early 2014.

DA shadow minister, Dianne Kohler Barnard, told Jacaranda News that Nhleko was desperately trying to cover his own back.

She said he had to put McBride out to pasture after his report cleared Dramat.

On Monday police spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed that Nhleko had asked law firm Werksmans to probe the IPID's findings on the Hawks, but said the minister had never raised the matter with directorate head.

"The minister first wants to get the cold facts," Zondi said of Nhleko's decision to get a legal opinion on why a final IPID report exonerated Dramat of the illegal rendition of five Zimbabweans.

"To some people that may be back to front, but not to us."

Earlier, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an application by Sibiya to halt an internal disciplinary hearing.

Judge Hans Fabricius ruled that the matter brought by Sibiya was not urgent and struck it from the court roll.

"The third respondent [acting Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza] opposed this application on different grounds and I do not intend to deal with any allegations made against the applicant [Sibiya] which, I must say, are of a very serious nature," he said.

"Despite vigorous argument, counsel for the applicant has not convinced me at all to depart from principles followed by court for over 40 years. The result is that the matter is not urgent," said Fabricius.

Sibiya was handed a charge sheet last week, ordering him to face the disciplinary hearing on Friday.

Read more on:    ipid  |  hawks  |  nathi nhleko  |  robert mcbride  |  johannesburg

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