NPA to charge McBride, 2 lead investigators with fraud

Robert McBride, Innocent Khuba and Matthews Sesoko will also face a charge of defeating the ends of justice.

FILE: Robert McBride. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate(Ipid) boss Robert McBride has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) will be charging him and two lead investigators at the police watchdog with fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

Last year, McBride was suspended for allegedly altering a report into the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010; charges he has consistently denied.

In a letter to Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, McBride accused suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega of enabling a corrupt environment to thrive because of her failure to act against KwaZulu-Natal Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

Ngobeni is allegedly involved in a relationship with a politically-connected businessman.

McBride has told EWN that he was informed in a text message sent to him by the police that he will have to appear before the Pretoria Regional Court this week.

The NPA has informed McBride that his lawyer will also receive a formal letter regarding his charges tomorrow morning.

McBride, Innocent Khuba and Matthews Sesoko have to appear at the Visagie Police Station in Pretoria on Tuesday.

In May, the Constitutional Court will hear arguments regarding a high court decision to set aside an order to suspend and institute disciplinary proceedings against McBride.

In January, McBride sent a letter to Nhleko, recommending Phiyega be suspended to allow Ipid to investigate alleged misconduct as well as criminal charges against her.

McBride claims Phiyega not only interfered with high-profile cases involving senior officers, but also failed to act against them despite having strong evidence to support the allegations.