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Nhleko denies leading ‘conspiracy’ against Ipid boss McBride

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says the only matter he is pursuing against McBride is the so-called rendition matter.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko  Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has denied he is conspiring to remove Robert McBride as the head of police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

The minister addressed a briefing in Cape Town today where he responded to weekend reports that he was pulling out all the stops to get McBride fired.

Nhleko also dismissed weekend reports that he approved a R30 million tender for his girlfriend.

The minister says the only matter he is pursuing against McBride is the so-called rendition matter, which was the subject of a recent Constitutional Court challenge.

Nhleko says he has initiated the process to hold McBride accountable through Parliament.

The police watchdog head is accused of altering investigation reports in order to clear senior Hawks officials of the rendition of Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, claims McBride has denied.

The minister has further denied claims that he has instructed the Hawks to investigate a nine-year-old attempted murder case against McBride.

Nhleko questioned why anyone would be concerned with a process which seeks to establish the truth of an allegation.

LISTEN: McBride responds to Nhleko’s request to Parliament

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)