The suspended head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Robert McBride and his two co-accused were granted R1500 bail respectively by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Sello Maema suggested that the court confiscate the passports of McBride and co and hand them over to the investigating officers and if the need to leave the country arises, they should get a written permission to proceed.
The accused all agreed to the terms and conditions surrounding their bail and the case was adjourned to April 15.
McBride, Matthew Sesoko, and Innocent Khuba, are accused of fraud and being investigated for their role in the investigation of former Hawks head Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat.
General Dramat was accused of being illegally involved in the rendition of five Zimbabwean nationals in 2010.
According to the reports, McBride allegedly became an accomplice to the crime when he altered an Independent Police Investigative Directorate report implicating Dramat in the renditions to protect him from the long arms of the law.
Law firm Werksmans investigating the discrepancies in the two reports made the following findings:
“Notwithstanding that the purported reasons for the publication of a second report do not appear to relate to Dramat, it is clear from a perusal of the first and second report, that a large volume of information that relates to, and in fact incriminates, Dramat which appeared in the first report, has been removed from the second report.”
“These portions of the first report which were removed have the effect of distancing Dramat insofar as his involvement with the rendition is concerned.”
However, McBride was of the opinion that the first report on the matter had not taken into account all the facts. He maintained that he can only be found guilty of doing his job.
“There is no crime, there is no misdemeanour. We have been charged for doing our work and the fact that the [police] ministry is unhappy with the outcome of an investigation is the minister’s problem. It’s not our problem,” he said.
Walking out of the Hawks’ Crimes Against the State unit offices in Pretoria central on Tuesday, McBride told reporters he was ready to appear in court, but maintained he was innocent.
When asked how the meeting with the Hawks went, McBride confidently said: “It went. You are always prepared, especially when you are innocent.”