First on EWN: Lost court battles cost police management R10m

The costs are likely to increase as the cases against Robert McBride & Shadrack Sibiya continue.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can reveal that the court battles that police management have waged against several senior employees, and which it has lost, has cost taxpayers an excess of R10 million.

The costs are likely to increase as the cases against suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride and senior Hawks officials Shadrack Sibiya and Johan Booysen continue.

McBride announced this month that he and other affected officials were mounting a 'fight back' against unlawful action, and criticised government officials who abuse endless resources to push employees out of the system.

WATCH: Robert McBride: Police Minister acted unconstitutionally.

EWN has established that McBride spent R800,000 on legal fees in the constitutional challenge of the police minister's power to unilaterally act against the head of Ipid.

On the eve of the hearing, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko conceded that the laws he relied on are unconstitutional, which means the taxpayer will be ordered to pick up the tab.

Since 2011, Booysen has spent R4 million defending himself, all of which he has recovered through cost orders, while Sibiya's were in excess of R1 million.

All these figures don't include the police's own legal expenses.

The police declined to comment on their expenses, saying that such information should be the subject of a promotion of access to information application.