Nhleko denies claims he incriminated McBride


There's still no official word from Cabinet on investigations into the banks that closed Gupta accounts. PICTURED: NATHI NHLEKO, Police Minister

CAPE TOWN – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has denied claims he asked the Hawks to incriminate the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Robert McBride.

This as the stand-off between the two continues. Nhleko was briefing Parliament on a number of controversial issues on Tuesday.

Telephone recordings have surfaced in the media, suggesting Nhleko tried to implicate McBride in a 2007 murder case.

Nhleko denies this.

“I don’t know why I would want Mr McBride to be investigated at the first instance, if you look at it this way, how can a minister walk up to an investigator and say I want you to investigate McBride or Paul from Blomberg, for example, it just doesn’t make sense,” said Nhleko.

Ipid is now reportedly probing the matter.

Meanwhile, Nhleko is fighting a battle on another front with the newly reinstated head of the police watchdog.

He's asked Parliament to investigate McBride.

Last month, the Constitutional Court ruled that Nhleko had no authority to suspend McBride.

“It’s just simply an inquiry, in this instance it's something that says here are the allegations that are being made and these allegations they’ve got to be tested so that indeed if you are innocent you are innocent but if you are not, then you are held accountable that’s the principle of accountability,” said Nhleko.

Nhleko's problems don’t end there though. He’s facing an allegation he signed off on a R30-million tender, to the company of a woman he is romantically involved with.

The organisation, called Indoni, arranged workshops and cultural events to combat xenophobia in the wake of outbreaks of violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year.

The minister says he’s written to the public protector asking her to investigate the claims made in City Press newspaper.

“It’s not possible to pay out R30-million out of R1,5 million (sic). It’s not possible. It’s also not possible for a minister to sign off R30m because he is not an administrator so that is why I want this matters to be clarified".

Nhleko is set to appear before Parliament’s portfolio committee of police next week.