McBride approaches Labour Court to delay disciplinary hearing

Robert McBride wants the matter delayed until after his constitutional challenge of police minister’s powers.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has now turned to the Labour Court to delay his disciplinary hearing after the same application to the hearing's chairperson was dismissed this week.

The watchdog boss doesn't want the matter to proceed until his constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers is heard.

McBride faces several charges of misconduct for allegedly altering a report into the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

The suspended Ipid head has argued that the chairperson of his disciplinary hearing Advocate Phillip Mokoena lacked the authority and jurisdiction to hear the proceedings.

He says the chairperson was not appointed by Cabinet as set out in the relevant regulation but was appointed by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko acting unilaterally.

McBride wants Mokoena's decision to proceed with the hearing set aside, and the matter delayed until after his constitutional challenge of the police minister's powers.

The suspended watchdog boss has however made it clear that he does not seek to avoid disciplinary action which he is willing to face if it's carried out in accordance with his employment contract.