Ipid drops legal process against Police Minister

The legal proceedings were initiated by suspended head Robert McBride last month.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko: Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that it's withdrawn an instruction to attorneys to pursue the Constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers over the directorate's head.

The legal proceedings were initiated by suspended head Robert McBride last month when he sought to interdict Police Minister Nathi Nhleko for suspending him.

While the High Court dismissed his interdict application, the judge remarked that a challenge of the minister's powers had a reasonable prospect of success.

Ipid confirmed to Eyewitness News in writing that the Constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers has been abandoned following an instruction by the acting head, Israel Kgamanyane.

The directorate says the services of the private attorneys were not obtained through the office of the state attorney, which could be irregular.

Attorney Jac Mareee declined to comment on this latest development, however he confirmed he is still acting for McBride.

If a review of the Ipid Act is successful, McBride's suspension could be declared unlawful and invalid.