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McBride’s suspension to last under 60 days

Werksmans Attorneys will investigate the existence of two conflicting reports into the Zimbabwe rendition.

FILE: Suspended Ipid head Robert McBride. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Police Ministry says Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride's precautionary suspension will not be longer than 60 days, as it wraps an investigation into his conduct.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko suspended McBride yesterday for his role in the ongoing saga related to the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Ipid cleared Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya of their involvement in the matter, but Nhleko claims an earlier report that implicated the pair, is the only legitimate one.

The Police Ministry says a private law firm will continue its investigation into the existence of two conflicting reports into the Zimbabwe rendition, but provided no expected time of completion.

Nhleko appointed Werksmans Attorneys to question the Ipid investigator responsible for the report, but Ipid bosses had denied them access to him, citing questions over the legality of the probe.

With McBride out of the way, it's believed this investigation will now proceed.

Meanwhile, Nhleko has appointed Free State Ipid boss Israel Kgamanyane to act in McBride's place.

IPID STAFF URGED TO COOPERATE

Staff at Ipid have in the meantime been urged to fully cooperate with the new acting head of the unit.

Nhleko said in an internal memo that he expected Ipid management and staff to support Kgamanyane in McBride's absence.

In a letter to Kgamanyane congratulating him on his new position, Nhleko said he chose him because of his experience and qualifications.

Two weeks ago, McBride tried to interdict the minister from suspending him, warning that it was a forgone conclusion.

He accused the minister of pursuing a vendetta against Dramat and Sibiya, and said he was motivated by illegitimate political reasons.