Regarding a case of attempted murder charged against him, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has accused the Hawks of trying to treat him the way they treated the finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.
Speaking while the raging war between the country’s security agencies against each other deepens, McBride compared the charges against him with those laid against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan which the National Prosecuting Authority later had to withdraw as there was no prospect of a successful prosecution.
The whole issue, according to reports, started from a 2006 attempted murder case which took place in Boksburg when McBride was still head of the Ekurhuleni metro police.
Its been reported that the required statement was needed in relation to an attempted murder case from 2007 in Boksburg and a case involving a reportedly stolen BMW X5 which McBride was being investigated for. The incidents occurred during McBride’s term as Ekurhuleni metro police chief.
Reports also emerged that senior police and Hawks investigators have been conspiring to falsely implicate McBride in the attempted murder case and the Hawks have asked him to hand over a warning statement to the Hawks as part of their investigation into him.
Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said McBride had a few weeks ago been approached by Hawks investigator Colonel Mannie Fourie who said he had been instructed by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to “dig up dirt” against him.
Nhleko, who had already denied the allegation when he was quizzed in Parliament, through his spokesman Sandile Ngidi, again shot down the claim as a “wild allegation”
“The request by the Hawks (for) McBride to give a warning statement is a culmination of this campaign. This matter is 10 years old and was dealt with at that time. Clearly, the Hawks are not acting in the interests of justice,” Dlamini said.
“The manner in which this matter is being pursued by the Hawks is similar to the way in which they pursued spurious and frivolous charges against the minister of finance, which the NPA had to withdraw abruptly,” he said.
“It is interesting that the charge of defeating the ends of justice is not a priority crime that falls within the mandate of the Hawks, yet they are devoting a lot of resources to pursue it,” Dlamini added.
McBride refused to issues the statement as recommended by the Hawks.
In reaction to this, Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said McBride was “within his legal rights” but emphasised that the case would forge ahead.