Nhleko unlikely to meet 30-day deadline initiating McBride’s disciplinary process

Baleka Mbete has referred Nathi Nhleko’s request to the portfolio committee.

FILE: Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has told Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that he will probably miss the 30-day deadline in which to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride.

The Constitutional Court set aside the decision to institute a discipline hearing against McBride on the grounds that the laws relied on were unconstitutional.

The decision to suspend the police watchdog boss was set aside for 30 days to allow Nhleko time to initiate the proceedings through Parliament.

Mbete has told Minister Nhleko that after seeking legal advice, it is the police portfolio committee which must consider whether or not to institute disciplinary proceedings against the Ipid head.

She says the committee is empowered to consider the request by way of a house resolution.

But, Mbete says to pass a resolution by the assembly requires broad consultation among the parties and the House would have to sit for that to happen.

She has told Nhleko that the next sitting of the assembly is on 25 October, which means it may not be possible to consider his request within the 30 days' deadline set down by the Constitutional Court.

Mbete has referred the Minister's request to the portfolio committee.