McBride back at work, and is 'stabilising' Ipid

Police committee decided not to institute disciplinary action against him

McBride back at work, and is 'stabilising' Ipid

19 October 2016

Pretoria - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that its head, Robert McBride, was back at work on Wednesday morning.

"I can confirm that he is back at work today and is meeting with management at Ipid," spokesperson Moses Dlamini told News24.

Dlamini, who appears to have returned to his old position, refused to divulge reasons around his reinstatement but an initial call to acting spokesperson Robbie Raburabu seemed to suggest that decisions made at the police watchdog since McBride's suspension had all been reversed.

McBride returned to work following a decision by the police committee not to institute disciplinary action against him.

A request had been submitted by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko for Parliament to institute disciplinary action against McBride following September's Constitutional Court ruling that his suspension be declared invalid.

The ConCourt ruled that its order be suspended for 30 days in order for the National Assembly and Nhleko to exercise their powers.

That suspension expired on Tuesday.

Dlamini told News24 that McBride had a range of priorities to sort out, even on his first day back on the job.

"His first order of business is to stabilise the institution."

This article first appeared on News24, see here