McBride to continue challenging Police Minister’s powers

The Ipid head is accused of changing the findings of a probe that implicated Anwa Dramat & Shadrack Sibiya.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride will continue to challenge Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's powers to remove the head of the watchdog body, despite a report recommending his criminal prosecution.

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

He has been 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.

The Police Minister commissioned the investigation after suspending McBride last month.

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

"It's 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 is currently being challenged."

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

Nhleko's office said it would announce by way of a press conference on what steps will be taken in terms of the report.