McBride challenges Minister's power over him

Last month the Labour Court ruled in his favour, granting an interdict that stopped his disciplinary hearing.

FILE: Last month the Labour Court ruled in his favour, granting an interdict that stopped his disciplinary hearing. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride is expected in the High Court in Pretoria this morning to challenge the constitutionality of the Police Minister's power to suspend him as the boss of police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Last month the Labour Court ruled in favour of McBride, granting an interdict that stopped his disciplinary hearing.

He faces several charges of misconduct for allegedly altering a report into the illegal rendition of five Zimbabweans in 2010.

The Helen Suzman Foundation is expected to ask the court to be admitted as amicus curiae.

The foundation's Chris Pieter said, "Now what makes this important is as we realise in the Constitutional judgment in regards to the Hawks last year, is that if there isn't enough independence, especially from political pressures, then certain matters would never be investigated and other might even be fabricated.