Hawks head should stop interfering - McBride

2016-11-18 18:36
Robert McBride.

Robert McBride.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria – Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza has no business telling National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams who he should or should not prosecute, Ipid head Robert McBride said on Friday. 

“What we know is that there has been interference and that is frightening,” McBride told News24. 

“What we have seen recently is part of why I want my organisation to remain resolute and to conduct itself in the most professional way. We cut to the bone when we do investigations without fear or favour.” 

He was referring to a war of words between Ntlemeza and Abrahams over the latter’s decision to withdraw a fraud case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two former Sars colleagues.

“It is not the first time they have interfered with investigations and have collaborated. It's an indication of the crisis the criminal justice system is in.”

McBride claimed there were cases where Ntlemeza would interfere with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid) investigations. 

He said during his suspension the Hawks “lifted” Ipid dockets relating to Hawks’ officials and started investigating these cases themselves.

“It's improper and shouldn't be done.”

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said McBride and Ntlemeza should set examples and stop fighting.   

“This thing of the two fighting among themselves is not right. We respect the views of Mr McBride, but if anyone has a problem with the Hawks, they must go to the judge. We work for one government and at the end of the day we have to work together,” he said.  

“It is about time that leaders bring back confidence in the people of the country."

The exchange between Ntlemeza and Abrahams was revealed in court papers the latter filed on Tuesday. In them, Abrahams indicated he had received a letter from Ntlemeza the day before he dropped charges against Gordhan on October 31.

In his letter, Ntlemeza accused Abrahams of making the decision in bad faith, based on “noise” from politicians, civil society lobby groups, and the media.

Abrahams wrote back, saying he took “umbrage at the very serious allegations you levelled against me” and that these were “completely incorrect and ill-informed”.

Earlier this week, DA MP Zakhele Mbhele said the letter was yet another damning indictment of Ntlemeza.

“The letter details Abrahams's justified displeasure with Ntlemeza's inability to stay in his lane and stick to his mandate - which is to investigate priority crime and to hand over the investigation to the NPA for the decision on whether or not to prosecute.”

The DA had already written to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to ask for Ntlemeza to be suspended so the Hawks could “claw back” their credibility.

 


Read more on:    hawks  |  shaun abrahams  |  robert mcbride  |  pravin gordhan  |  berning ntlemeza  |  nathi nhleko  |  pretoria  |  police

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.