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McBride eager to make his case in Parliament

Robert McBride says he is looking forward to exposing the claims against him in Parliament.

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

PRETORIA - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says he's eager to account to Parliament on allegations that he altered an investigation report so that he can expose what he has described as shenanigans.

The Constitutional Court yesterday set aside his suspension and ruled that the legal provisions the Police Minister Nathi Nhleko relied upon to take action against him were unconstitutional.

Nhleko suspended the watchdog body head 16 months ago after accusing him of editing an investigation report in order to clear senior Hawks officials of any wrong-doing.

McBride says he first approached Parliament early last year but this request was denied, so he's eager to make his case.

"We do not fear going before any committee to explain. In fact, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to expose these shenanigans."

McBride is critical of Nhleko: "Letting him bring it on. I mean it's not a problem. But it also shows serious political immaturity, especially in the present political climate it's like foolhardy to be playing games with constitutional matters."

Parliament has been given 30 days to assess the case against McBride and decide whether to institute disciplinary procedures against him.