Mbete must give go-ahead on McBride hear­ing


THE STAND-OFF be­tween Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Nh­leko and Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete on the in­sti­tu­tion of a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing against Robert McBride re­mains un­re­solved.

This comes af­ter the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on po­lice said yes­ter­day it was wait­ing for di­rec­tion from Mbete.

Nh­leko said he was wait­ing for Mbete to give the nod on the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing of the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) boss.

The stand-off be­gan last year when Par­lia­ment dropped the hear­ing af­ter the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that only Par­lia­ment can in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary hear­ings against McBride.

He was ini­tially sus­pended by Nh­leko over an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the il­le­gal ren­di­tion of sev­eral Zim­bab­weans.

But McBride suc­cess­fully chal­lenged his sus­pen­sion, forc­ing Nh­leko to al­low him back into his job.

Nh­leko later ac­cused Mbete and the ANC study group of al­low­ing the lapse of the dead­line to charge McBride in Par­lia­ment.

Yes­ter­day, chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on po­lice Fran­cois Beuk­man said there was still no de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

“There needs to be a House res­o­lu­tion for the mat­ter to be re­ferred to the com­mit­tee and there is no House res­o­lu­tion from the Speaker,” he said.

Nh­leko’s spokesper­son Sandile Ngidi said the ball was in the court of the Speaker or Par­lia­ment. He also said there needed to be a House res­o­lu­tion to ad­dress the mat­ter.

“They didn’t say they won’t do it, they need a House res­o­lu­tion. One would not say they won’t do it. We need to re­spect the in­de­pen­dence of the in­sti­tu­tion,” Ngidi added.

“Re­mem­ber, the trig­ger of this is the Con­sti­tu­tional Court’s de­ci­sion. What the min­is­ter has been try­ing to do is to fol­low that in­junc­tion,” he said.

Par­lia­ment did not re­spond to ques­tions be­fore pub­li­ca­tion.

McBride and Nh­leko have been at log­ger­heads af­ter his sus­pen­sion in March 2015.

This was a few months af­ter McBride was ap­pointed head of Ipid. He was ac­cused of tam­per­ing with the re­port on the il­le­gal ren­di­tion of the Zim­bab­weans.

Af­ter the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that Nh­leko did not have the power to sus­pend and dis­ci­pline McBride, the Ipid boss said he was vin­di­cated by the de­ci­sion.


AWAIT­ING IN­STRUC­TIONS: Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Nh­leko is wait­ing for the Speaker’s nod on Ipid boss mat­ter.

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