McBride ready to go to court

2016-03-15 16:05
Robert McBride

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Pretoria - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBride is ready to face charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice in court, he said on Tuesday.

Walking out of the Hawks' Crimes Against the State (Cats) unit offices in Pretoria central, McBride told reporters he was ready, but maintained he was innocent.

Asked how the meeting went, a relaxed McBride said: “It went. You are always prepared, especially when you are innocent.”

Wearing light blue jeans and dark blue shirt, he declined to give further information regarding the matter and walked to his car with photographers' cameras clicking.

McBride, Matthew Sesoko, and Innocent Khuba, are being investigated for their role in the investigation of former Hawks head Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat.

Dramat was accused of being involved in the illegal rendition of five Zimbabwean nationals in 2010. McBride alleged changed an IPID report implicating Dramat in the renditions in order to protect him.

Law firm Werksmans was asked to investigate discrepancies in the two reports.

“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,” Werksmans found.

“These portions of the first report which were removed have the effect of distancing Dramat insofar as his involvement with the rendition is concerned."

McBride maintained that the first report did not take all the facts into account.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Monday morning, McBride said charging him was an attempt to justify unlawful decisions.

"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.

National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said McBride would appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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