Nhleko serves McBride papers of suspension

Robert McBride, Ipid executive director. Picture: Michel Bega.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has now gone too far and his desperation to absolve himself from clearly unlawful conduct by violating a Constitutional Court order is set to cost Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride his job, the DA has said.

The DA said Nhleko was flagrantly abusing his authority over the Ipid and ridding himself of anyone who refuses to bend to his political will which is to protect President Jacob Zuma. This follows McBride being served a notice of the intention to suspend him yesterday by Nhleko. McBride is in court today to prevent Nhleko from suspending him.

The DA’s safety and security spokesperson, Dianne Kohler Barnard said the notice of intention to suspend McBride was a desperate attempt to use him as a scapegoat to legitimise his unlawful suspension of the Hawks head Anwa Dramat.

“Parliament can no longer bury its head in the sand as the Police Minister purges anyone who produces work that does not satiate his nefarious political agenda to protect President Zuma,” Kohler Barnard said.

“Therefore parliament must step in without any further delays and conduct a thorough investigation into the minister’s handling of this entire matter. She said Nhleko was not for fit for office and parliament must not tolerate such abuses of power, contempt for parliament and the rule of law.

“Ultimately, parliament must recommend that Minister Nhleko be fired,” Kohler Barnard said. “As such I will make every attempt to directly engage the portfolio committee on police chairperson, Francois Beukman, on this matter and urge him to act on the letter I sent to him earlier this week.”

Both Nhleko’s spokesperson Musa Zondi and Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini were not immediately available for comment.

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