Police Minister called to appear before Parliament

Parliament wants Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to explain policing-related issues that are currently in the public domain.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has been called to appear before Parliament's portfolio committee on police to explain policing-related issues that are currently in the public domain.

The committee says that it has noted recent reports and investigations involving the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and wants urgent clarification on these issues.

On Monday, Eyewitness News learnt that Ipid was investigating a claim of a conspiracy involving Nhleko and senior Hawks officials to falsely implicate Robert McBride in an attempted murder case.

The details are contained in an affidavit filed by a whistleblower and includes recordings of telephone conversations with a police official, who claims that Nhleko is orchestrating the investigation.

The case relates to the 2007 arrest and alleged attempted murder of suspected cash-in-transit kingpin Marco Singh.

The committee says the briefing, scheduled for Wednesday, is vital so it can make its own assessment and appropriate recommendations where necessary.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)