McBride ‘eager to see’ latest Hawks evidence against him

The Ipid head & two investigators are to be charged with fraud & defeating the ends of justice.

FILE. Suspended IPID head Robert McBride chats to 702's Xolani Gwala in studio about his suspension and the functionality of the police watchdog. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says he's eager to see what evidence the police are going to produce in the case against him, because he says there simply isn't any.

The Hawks' Crimes against the State Unit informed McBride and two suspended Ipid investigators yesterday that they are to be charged with fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

The case relates to the so-called Zimbabwe rendition matter, where McBride is accused of altering a report to clear a senior Hawks official implicated in the crime.

Former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and his subordinate Shadrack Sibiya allegedly planned and executed the arrest and illegal deportation of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

McBride seems confident and has dismissed the allegations that have been made against him.

"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 misdemeanour took place."

He denies claims of the existence of two rendition investigation reports.

"There is only one report, which I have penned my signature to, and it is the report that was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions."

McBride has questioned the timing of the Hawks' decision to charge him suggesting there is an ulterior motive for the decision.

He has questioned the police's motives.

"It's taken them a whole year to issue warning statements to us and now, within less than a week, they've made a decision and I have given them volumes and volumes of stuff to go through before they make the decision. They arrived at a decision suspiciously quickly."

He added, "Our position is quite clear that no crime or misdemeanour has been committed. The findings, which we have forwarded to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) with the findings - which we stand by."

The three accused are expected to report to the Crimes against the State Unit's head tomorrow and are expected to appear in court this week.