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Police ministry to consider McBride’s representations

McBride provided reasons why he shouldn’t be suspended after failing to interdict the suspension in court.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The Police Ministry says it will now consider Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride's representations, the reasons he provided to minister Nkosinathi Nhleko explaining why he shouldn't be suspended.

Yesterday, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the watchdog head's application to interdict the minister from suspending him, finding the matter wasn't urgent.

McBride is accused of misconduct, related to a report which he signed off that cleared two Hawks bosses of their involvement in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

The Police Ministry says it's back to square one with Nhleko now to consider McBride's reasons why he shouldn't be suspended, which he submitted on the day he launched the urgent application.

McBride is accused of breaching his responsibility to act with independence and impartiality by informing National Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya that they'd been cleared by Ipid.

Nhleko alleges that McBride knew that the directorate had in fact not cleared the pair, and an original report implicated them.

The watchdog head says in his response and provides supporting documents, that the minister was at all aware that of the existence of preliminary and final Ipid reports.

McBride dismisses Nhleko's allegations, but adds that he remains available to address any concerns he may have in relation to the two reports.

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