McBride not completely off the hook - legal expert

Parliament has 30 days to decide on the action it will take against suspended Ipid head, Robert McBride.

In a Constitutional Court ruling on Tuesday, police minister Nathi Nhleko was found to have acted unlawfully in suspending McBride over his alleged involvement in illegally deporting five Zimbabwean murder suspects.

Speaking to legal researcher at the Helen Suzman Foundation, Piet Olivier, 702's John Robbie asked what the ruling means.

Olivier said the victory was for South Africa's Chapter 9 Institutions, which should uphold the highest democratic standards to ensure that they remain independent from interference in fighting corruption.

What it means is that Ipid needs sufficient independence from political interference.

Piet Olivier, Helen Suzman Foundation

If the head of Ipid had done something wrong like Mr McBride was alleged to have done, then he can be removed if a committee of the National Assembly finds that there was misconduct.

Piet Olivier, Helen Suzman Foundation

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