Parliament’s portfolio committee on police has had enough with public spats between the police and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and has summoned Minister Nathi Nhleko to answer.
On Monday, committee chairperson Francois Beukman said “urgent clarification” was needed about reports of inter-agency friction between the police and head of Ipid, Robert McBride.
“We need stability in law enforcement agencies and we can’t allow a situation where public confidence is eroded by conflicts,” he said.
His ultimatum comes after reports surfaced that implicated Nhleko in an apparent plot against McBride. Hawks investigators are allegedly trying to implicate McBride in an attempted murder case.
The Institute for Security Studies’ crime and policing consultant, Johan Burger, said it was difficult to speculate on the allegations but it was no secret that the minister wanted McBride out.