Nathi Nhleko. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA
Nathi Nhleko. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has been called to Parliament to explain recent ructions between the department and its agencies, including the impasse with Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) executive director Robert McBride.

The minister has been called to brief Parliament’s portfolio committee on police about "policing-related issues currently in the public domain".

Among other things, Nhleko unsuccessfully pushed for Parliament to launch an inquiry into McBride’s fitness, which would have empowered him to suspend the Ipid head again.

Ipid also confirmed last week that it was investigating acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane on allegations of defeating the ends of justice.

Police committee chairman Francois Beukman said in a statement that Parliament needed an assurance from the minister that the executive was addressing the matters at hand.

"We need assurances that the executive is dealing with the matters at hand. We need stability in our law enforcement agencies at all times and we cannot allow a situation where public confidence in these institutions is eroded by inter-agency conflicts," said Beukman.

The briefing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Parliament.

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