McBride to try & halt disciplinary inquiry

EWN understands McBride’s legal team will ask that his disciplinary inquiry be postponed.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride's legal team will on Thursday launch an application to halt his disciplinary inquiry pending the outcome of a court challenge of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's powers.

McBride faces charges of misconduct in relation to investigation reports on the rendition of Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya have also been implicated in the matter.

Eyewitness News understands McBride's legal team will ask that his disciplinary inquiry be postponed until a Constitutional matter is heard.

McBride is challenging the Nhleko's legislative authority to suspend the head of Ipid, arguing that it infringes upon the independence of the watchdog body.

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has applied to join in on the matter.

McBride is accused of ordering a report implicating Dramat and Sibiya, be altered to clear them of involvement of the 2010 rendition.

Both have denied any involvement in the crime while Dramat has resigned, Sibiya continues to fight for his job in the courts.