WATCH: Concourt finds Robert McBride suspension unlawful and unconstitutional


Johannesburg, 05 September 2016 - Judgment in the Robert McBride v Minister of Police matter is expected in the Constitutional Court.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of suspended Ipid head Robert McBride. 

Justice Chris Jafta said on Tuesday, "This court confirms the high court’s declaration of invalidity and holds that the disputed provisions undermine the directorate’s constitutionally guaranteed independence. The court emphasises the need to protect the directorate from undue influence or political pressure by ensuring that appropriate mechanisms for accountability and oversight are in place."

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has conceded that he acted unconstitutionally by suspending Independent Police Investigative Directorate head, Robert McBride.

Nhleko told the Constitutional Court he is aware he is not allowed to suspend the Ipid head, but made it clear that he did not want McBride reinstated.

McBride was suspended last March, over his alleged involvement in the illegal deportation of five Zimbabwean murder suspects.

McBride says the Constitutional Court&39;s decision to overturn his suspension has cleared his name.

He always argued that his suspension was unlawful.