McBride mounts his defence against criminal charges

McBride’s lawyer says the Werksmans Attorney’s report is unlawful and has no legal standing.

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

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has challenged the legitimacy of a private attorney's firm that has recommended he be criminally charged for allegedly interfering in an investigation into Hawk's officials.

Several weekend reports cited Werksmans Attorney's recommendations that McBride be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

The watchdog boss is accused of changing the findings of a probe that implicated former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the unit's Gauteng head Shadrack Sibiya in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko commissioned the investigation after suspending McBride - Dramat has resigned from the police service while Sibiya continues to fight his suspension in the courts.

McBride's attorney Jac Maree says the Werksmans Attorney report is unlawful and has no legal standing.

"It is not an independent report. The report was compiled by a private law firm on the instructions of the minister, and it's exactly the minister's power to remove the Ipid head that he is currently being challenged before the North Gauteng High Court."

Maree says he will comment on the contents of the report once his client has received a copy from Nhleko.

The minister's office says it will announce by way of a press conference on what steps will be taken in terms of the report.