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IPID boss suspended

By Charl Bosch - Mar 25, 2015
IPID boss suspended

A spokesperson for Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, has confirmed the suspension of Controversial Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) boss, Robert McBride, for his involvement in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

The announcement comes after an interdict to prevent his suspension, was dismissed by the Pretoria High Court last Wednesday. Free State IPID boss, Israel Kgamanyane, has meanwhile been appointed as the acting national head.

Nhleko also accused McBride of changing the reports’ findings relating to the roles played by suspended Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya, as well as stealing a memory stick containing incriminating evidence of them as well as himself. His suspension is set to last 60 days.

In a statement, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, descried Nhleko’s decision to suspend McBride as a “desperate last-ditch attempt to throw the scent off himself and his gross misconduct in his handling of the Hawks debacle”, before labelling him a “one-man-wrecking-ball” who needs to be fired.

“Minister Nhleko alleged, earlier this month, that McBride doctored the IPID’s report into the illegal renditions of Zimbabweans in 2010 to shield the Hawks boss from any involvement in wrongdoing. Still weeks after he made these utterances he has not presented an iota of prima facie evidence to support this serious claim,” Kohler Barnard wrote.

“He has instead suspended McBride because the report on which he claims to have based the purge at the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (The Hawks) was not to his liking.”

She also stated that Nhleko had gone one-step too far in suspending McBride and that his action was not only done “in bad faith”, but in violation of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the matter in November.


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