McBride: Minister improperly appointed disciplinary chair

McBride's hearing was postponed on Thursday until July to allow the parties to further prepare.

FILE: Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has accused Police Minister Nathi Nhleko of improperly appointing the chairperson of his disciplinary hearing. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has accused Police Minister Nathi Nhleko of improperly appointing the chairperson of his disciplinary hearing.

The hearing was postponed on Thursday until July to allow the parties to further prepare.

The watchdog boss is accused of misconduct for allegedly altering a report to clear senior Hawks officials implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

McBride said his disciplinary hearing should be postponed because of the invalid appointment of the chairperson, advocate Phillip Mokoena.

McBride argues that because he is a head of department, his hearings are subject to provisions in the public service disciplinary code.

The code states that the presiding officer should be designated by Cabinet or the provincial executive committee.

McBride said there is no indication that Cabinet approved the appointment of the chairperson, and that the minister acted unilaterally.

He further argues that there is good reason for the chairperson to require compliance with the code, considering the minister's particular interest on this hearing.