McBride’s prosecution to be handled by PCLU

The decision to prosecute McBride was authorised by acting head of the PCLU, Dr Torie Pretorius.

FILE: Robert McBride. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News has learned that the unit handling the prosecution of suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride is the Priority Crimes Litigations Unit (PCLU).

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

It was revealed by EWN last week that prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams has ordered the unit to report directly to his office, a move insiders say, is so that he can personally oversee several high-profile cases.

Abrahams has defended the move, saying there is nothing sinister or untoward about the change in reporting lines and that it's prudent for the national director to have oversight over the work of such a unit.

The decision to prosecute McBride was authorised by acting head of the PCLU, Dr Torie Pretorius.

He states, in the letter to McBride's legal team, that Advocate Sello Maema will handle the prosecution.

Maema has also been tasked with the racketeering case of former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Boss Johan Booysen.

The advocate's colleague, Prosecutor Raymond Mathunja, is leading the case against Glynnis Breytenbach.

McBride has been asked by the police's Crimes Against the State Unit to report to their offices tomorrow before appearing in court.