McBride & Co to be processed & given court date

McBride, Innocent Khuba & Matthews Sesoko will be charged with fraud and 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 and two subordinates are scheduled to report to the head of the Hawks' Crimes against the State Unit today, where they are to be processed and given a date to appear in court.

The three were informed on Sunday via a text message that they would be charged with fraud and defeating the ends of justice, for allegedly altering an Ipid report into the so-called Zimbabwean rendition matter.

McBride is accused of changing the report to clear former senior Hawks officials Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya of their role in the arrest and illegal deportation of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

McBride, Innocent Khuba and Matthews Sesoko have until midday to report to the state unit headquarters in the Pretoria inner city.

The unit's head Brigadier Nyameka Xaba said in a text message that he wants to discuss how the accused will be processed before they appear in court.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Priority Crimes Litigation Unit made the decision to proceed with the case on Friday.

Prosecutor Sello Maema has been appointed to prosecute the matter.

He is also handling the case against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head General Johan Booysen.

McBride has denied the allegations against him, saying there simply is no evidence to support the case.