Minister adds additional charge against McBride

Gross financial misconduct is the ninth charge against McBride and was officially served to him on Tuesday.

FILE: Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko: Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has added an additional charge against suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride who is now also accused of gross financial misconduct.

McBride is accused of misconduct for allegedly altering a report to clear senior Haws officials implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

His disciplinary hearing was postponed until July to allow the parties to further prepare.

Gross financial misconduct is the ninth charge against McBride and was officially served to him on Tuesday.

McBride allegedly instructed Ipid to pay Adams and Adams Attorneys R500,000 for his private legal services.

The payment is in relation an application in March where he attempted to interdict the police minister from suspending him.

Nhleko accuses the watchdog boss of breaching Treasury Regulations by making payments to a service provider who does not have an existing contract with the public entity.

MINISTER 'IMPROPERLY APPOINTED' DISCIPLINARY CHAIR

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.