Nhleko slaps Robert McBride with suspension

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Pretoria, 13 March 2013 - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBrides suspension hangs in the balance at the High Court on Friday.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) boss Robert McBride has been suspended by the Minister of police Nkosinathi Nhleko.

On 12 March, Nhleko served McBride with a notice of suspension, asking him to put forward reasons why he should not be suspended.

McBride filed an urgent interdict to stop the suspension, but the North Gauteng High Court dismissed it on 18 March.

This followed a scandal over the alleged illegal reindition of five Zimbabweans and the suspension of Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya.

On 20 February, the Pretoria High Court ruled Sibiya&39;s suspension invalid, unlawful and unconstitutional.

On 23 March, the court dismissed an application of leave to appeal its ruling and ordered that Sibiya be allowed to return to work immediately.

Ministry of Police spokesperson, Musa Zondi, confirmed that the Ipid Free State Provincial head Israel Kgamanyane will act as national head in McBride&39;s place. 

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