Decision on McBride disciplinary expected

McBride faces charges for allegedly altering a report into the arrest & rendition of Zimbabwean suspects.

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

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Head Robert McBride is expected to hear today whether his internal disciplinary hearing goes ahead or is delayed until after his constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers.

McBride launched an application to stay the proceedings last week just weeks ahead of the constitutional challenge.

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

McBride has argued that it doesn't make sense to conduct his disciplinary hearing with the prospect of such a hearing being declared unlawful and invalid in just a few weeks' time.

He's asked the hearing chair for the matter to stand down until the powers of the police minister to unilaterally suspend the head of Ipid have been tested in court.

The watchdog boss has argued that in their current form, the police minister's powers interfere with the independence of the body.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya is expected to find out this week whether he is guilty, or has been cleared of any involvement in the 2010 rendition.