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By Chantall Presence
PARLIAMENT (ANA) – Suspended police watchdog boss Robert McBride will face a disciplinary panel on May 21, police minister Nathi Nhleko says.
Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on police, Nhleko presented the report by the private law firm Werksmans which found that McBride had altered findings of an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) probe into the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals.
Werksmans were contracted to probe discrepancies in two IPID reports into the rendition. The first report implicated Hawks boss Anwart Dramat. The second report, signed off by McBride, cleared him.
Ain’t karma great? Robert McBride – former bomber, arms dealer, poeggaai traffic cop and head of IPID – giving his comrades a torrid time.
— WSM (@TheJaundicedEye) May 6, 2015
All three reports are now with the National Prosecuting Authority for a decision on whether Dramat, McBride and other senior officials in the IPID and Hawks would face criminal charges.
“It’s a report. It’s not a judgement of any sorts,” Nhleko told MPs of the Werksmans report. “All these people are presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise.”
The Werksmans report recommended that Dramat and suspended Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya be criminally charged with kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.
“The final arbiter is the national director of public prosecutions who will take a decision to prosecute or not,” said Nhleko.
The report recommends disciplinary proceedings against both men.
Disciplinary steps could not be taken against Dramat as he negotiated an exit package from the Hawks and left the service at the end of March.
Journalists asked Nhleko why he accepted Dramat’s resignation and gave him a golden handshake instead of instituting disciplinary proceedings.
“As a minister I would not have had a very sound, justifiable base that says no I’m denying you the right to leave…because I was still investigating. Now we have a report of this nature but it emerge…after he has already left which means I no longer have a disciplinary sort of jurisdiction over him…”
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