The latest development in the McBride case reveals some secret recordings in which a Hawks detective is shown, negotiating with a fired Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigator to help incriminate the Ipid suspended head Robert McBride in an affidavit in court. In exchange for this criminal act, the axed investigator will get his job back.
The three accused- Robert McBride, Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday after being accused of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
Robert McBride and his two subordinates allegedly changed the report to cover up former senior Hawks officials Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya on the role they played in the unlawful arrest and illegal deportation of five Zimbabwean suspects back in 2010.
According to the details on the recorded conversation, a man who is alleged to be an investigator with the Hawks tells Khuba ( a fired Ipid investigator) that if he incriminates the Ipid head in the McBride case, The head of Hawks Berning Ntlemeza will reward him by making sure he gets his job back.
“It’s true that General Ntlemeza is a friend. You must understand that whatever you do, do good for yourself. As soon as everything is finalized, General Ntlemeza is the one who will do good for you.”
McBride condemns this act by the Hawks and says it is something to worry about that the Hawks can stoop so low to win a case against him.
“The fact that a number of attempts were made to Mr Khuba to falsely implicate myself and Mr Sesoko is an indication of the level to which members of the Hawks can stoop.”
The Hawks refused to relay any comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the head of Ipid does not look worried about the McBride case as he sticks to the fact that he is innocent.
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.”