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ConCourt rules it was unconstitutional for Minister Nhleko to suspend M

The Constitutional Court ruled “It was very unlawful and unconstitutional for the Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko to suspend his Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Chief , Robert McBride over the alleged illigal renditions of Zimbabweans years ago”

McBride was suspended by the Police Minister Nathi Nhleko for his connection with the so-called illegal Zimbabwean rendition case dating back to 2010/2011.

Early this year the High Court found McBride ‘suspension to be unlawful subsequently he turned to the highest court in the land asking for clearly the matter

It is alleged that the Court has set aside McBride’s suspension for 30 days, during which time Parliament has a window to initiate disciplinary processes should it see fit to do so.

Parliament has also been given 24 months in which to address the deficiency in the Acts pertaining to IPID’s independence.

Speaking to media outside the court, McBride thanked everyone for their support, and explained the process going forward.

He also indicated that minister should learn not to govern or interfere with an independent organization.

“We are happy with the judgment and as soon as the 30 days are over we would like to get back to work and start stabilizing IPID. Also, I think it’s important there a lesson that is learnt, especially for the executive and in particular the minister in how not to govern and how not to interfere with an independent organization,” he said.

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