McBride: My disciplinary hearing should be delayed

McBride faces several charges for allegedly altering a report into the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects.

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

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has argued that his disciplinary hearing should be delayed until after his Constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers.

McBride is launching a stay of proceedings in Pretoria six weeks before the Constitutional challenge is set to be heard.

The watchdog body's boss faces several charges for allegedly altering a report into the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

His attorney Jac Maree says it doesn't make sense for his client's disciplinary hearing to proceed before the constitutional challenge is heard.

He says this challenge is set to be heard in about a month's time.

"At a practical level why would one want to go through a disciplinary process when in parallel there is a process that is challenging the legality of that very process?"

The police ministry has opposed the application, saying that the prospect of the constitutional challenge matter being postponed means McBride's disciplinary hearing would be delayed indefinitely.