Incriminating recordings emerge in McBride case

The recording reveals a Hawks detective offering a fired Ipid employee his job back if he implicates McBride.

From left to right: Former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigators Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba & head Robert McBride in court on Wednesday 16 March 2016. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Secret recordings have emerged, which appear to show a Hawks detective offering a fired Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigator his job back, if he incriminates the watchdog body's head Robert McBride in an affidavit.

McBride, Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday on charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

The three are accused of altering a report to exonerate senior Hawks officials who had been implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

In the recorded conversation, a man alleged to be a Hawks investigator tells Khuba that if he incriminate McBride, Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza will ensure he gets his job back.

"It's true that General Ntlemeza is a friend. You must understand that whatever you do, do good for yourself. As soon as everything is finalised, General Ntlemeza is the one who will do good for you."

McBride says it's deeply worrying.

"The fact that a number of attempts were made to Mr Khuba to falsely implicate myself and Mr Sesoko is an indication of the level to which members of the Hawks can stoop."

The Hawks declined to comment.