The suspended head of Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Robert McBride together with two of his subordinates are to report to the head of the Hawks’ Crimes against the State Unit today. This is to process and give them a date to appear in court for formal judgement.
McBride, Innocent Khuba and Matthews Sesoko have until midday to report to the state unit headquarters in the Pretoria inner city for the processing.
The information reached the three on Sunday after they received a text message telling them that they would be charged with fraud and defeating the ends of justice, for allegedly altering an IPID report into the so-called Zimbabwean rendition matter.
Robert McBride 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.
The head of the Hawk’s unit’s Brigadier Nyameka Xaba said in the text message he sent to the accused that he wants to discuss how the accused will be processed before they make a formal appearance in court.
The Priority Crimes Litigation Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) came to the conclusion to proceed with the case in court on Friday.
Advocate Sello Maema who is also the prosecutor handling the case against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head General Johan Booysen, has been appointed to prosecute the matter in court.
Meanwhile, McBride has denied all the allegations brought against him, on the basis that there simply is no evidence to support the case.
“I’d like to see what evidence they’re going to produce or what allegations they’re going to make, because the evidence just doesn’t exist. No crime or misdemeanor took place.”
Robert McBride has also questioned the timing of the Hawks’ decision to charge him suggesting there is an ulterior motive for the decision.
However, McBride seemed to be confident and in high spirit as he was filmed this morning walking into the Hawk’s office for the discussion of the charges he is going to face.