Nhleko, McBride work relationship 'irretrievably broken'

2016-10-19 14:36
Robert McBride (File)

Robert McBride (File)

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Cape Town – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko believes the employment relationship between him and Ipid head Robert McBride “is irretrievably broken down”.

The minister had written a letter to McBride to inform him of this, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

This was in light of McBride’s conduct during his suspension and utterances he made about the minister, according to the ministry.  

“The minister has subsequently advised Mr McBride to approach the Speaker of the National Assembly [Baleka Mbete] for clarity on where he should be reporting under the prevailing circumstances,” it said.

This was after McBride’s suspension expired following the police committee’s decision to not to pursue a disciplinary process against the Ipid head as the matter had to come through the National Assembly.

On Wednesday, Nhleko said he wished to place it on record that the suspension and disciplinary process against McBride had to do with his commitment to the “rule of law and respect for human rights”.

“In this case the dehumanisation of the African was a major concern and thus it should be for all of us.”

The minister raised concerns that his request to Parliament to institute disciplinary action against McBride following September's Constitutional Court ruling that his suspension be declared invalid was responded to late.

The ConCourt ruled that its order be suspended for 30 days in order for the National Assembly and Nhleko to exercise their powers.

That suspension expired on Tuesday.

“Why the letter of 7 September 2016, was only responded to on 11 October 2016, even though the sitting of the House rose on 15 September 2016?” he questioned.

The committee’s view that the matter had to be a house resolution did not make sense, Nhleko said.

“In a matter as serious such as this where human and African lives were lost, we are experiencing a set of behaviour which negates the severity of this matter. That to date Parliament has not taken a decision within the timeframe as prescribed by the Constitutional Court order,” he said.

Read more on:    police  |  ipid  |  nathi nhleko  |  robert mcbride  |  parliament 2016

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