McBride ordered to 'pay back the money'

Police Minister has written to Robert McBride, demanding him to pay back the allowance paid to him.

FILE: IPID head Robert McBride approaches the High Court in Pretoria, on 13 March 2015, to interdict Police Minister Nathi Nhleko from suspending him. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has written a letter to suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head, Robert McBride, demanding that he pay back the money he has so far received as an allowance as head of the unit.

The conflict between the two seems to have escalated, with Nhleko now saying he will be taking away McBride's allowance.

The City Press is reporting that Nhleko wrote the letter last week, saying the benefits McBride has been afforded, are in contravention of the law.

Tomorrow, judgment is expected in the constitutional court, in a matter brought by McBride, who is challenging Nhleko's powers to suspend him and to interfere with the operations at Ipid.

The City Press says Nhleko wants McBride to pay back an amount of at least R60,000, which he has received since he was suspended in March.

It's understood the allowance for head of department is R10,00 a month.

In the letter, Nhleko apparently says "it has become apparent that suspending you with benefits, was an error and in direct contravention of the stated provision in the senior management service book".

The letter goes on to say the sum will now be paid to acting Ipid head, Israel Kgamanyane.