This case will fall flat, there is no evidence - McBride

2016-04-15 11:41
Suspended Ipid boss Robert McBride in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Suspended Ipid boss Robert McBride in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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WATCH: Robert McBride's case in NPA's view

2016-03-16 11:54

Suspended Ipid head Robert McBride is out on bail until his next court appearance in April.WATCH

Pretoria - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) boss Robert McBride maintains that the State has no case against him and two other accused who are facing charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

After a short appearance at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, McBride told reporters that he, along with his co-accused Innocent Khuba and Mathhes Sesoko, had gone through the statements within the docket against them.

They had found nothing which constituted an offence and that the only allegations found in the docket were from a report from law firm Werksmans which "has no real legal standing", he said.

"Depending on how they use it, we will consider very seriously malicious prosecution on the basis of people who are hearsay of hearsay. We will consider our options on a civil case."

McBride claims he is being criminally charged for his report into the illegal rendition of five Zimbabweans that former Hawks boss, Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat, axed Gauteng Hawks boss, Major General Shadrack Sibiya and Captain Lesley Maluleke were allegedly involved in.

McBride, Matthew Sesoko and Innocent Khuba were being investigated for their role in the Dramat investigation.

Dramat, Sibiya and Maluleke are accused of being involved in the illegal rendition of the five Zimbabweans in 2010.

'An element of collusion'

McBride was alleged to have changed an Ipid report implicating Dramat, in order to protect him.

Dramat resigned in April last year after much back and forth between court, his office, and being on leave, following his suspension on December 23 2014. 

Sibiya, who was in court to support the trio on Friday, was fired in September after being found guilty of gross misconduct after a disciplinary inquiry into the renditions.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko had also taken a decision to suspend McBride for his alleged involvement in the matter. McBride responded by taking Nhleko to the High Court to challenge the minister's powers to suspend the head of Ipid.

The matter is scheduled to be argued in the Constitutional Court in May.

On Friday, McBride said the case was being used by the State to hang a dark cloud over his head, pending the court's outcome.

"This case is intended for us to have a criminal case hanging over us in the run up to the Constitutional Court litigation, that's the only reason."

He said he had noticed a growing trend within the policing ministry, including some collusion with the National Prosecuting Authority.

"We've noticed a trend, the methodologies, it's a continuation in different cases in different parts, the same units of the police behaving in a particular way and, from what we know now, there is also an element of collusion with the prosecuting authority."

'That's my reputation, rock solid'

He would not, however, divulge who he thought was behind this.

"Those who are behind it know who they are and it's very clear to see who is behind it. It's very clear, it's obvious. This case is going to fall flat, there is no evidence in that docket."

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told reporters shortly after the postponement, that McBride and his co-accused would get a chance to present their evidence once the trial began.

Despite McBride's confidence that the State did not have a case against the three, Mfaku insisted that the NPA only took matters to court when they believed that they had reasonable prospects of success.

"This case is no different. We are saying that they have a case to answer."

McBride stood firm in his belief that his reputation had not been tarnished.

"People know... what I stand for, what I've stood for, what I'm still standing for. I've fought against the corruption of Apartheid, I'm fighting against the corruption that exists in our society presently.

"That's my reputation, rock solid," he said.

The matter has been postponed to June 15 for the defence lawyers to receive outstanding documents from the State. The three are still out on bail.

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