McBride: Hawks, NPA abusing authority to improperly prosecute

The suspended Ipid head and two subordinates face charges of 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 his two co-accused say senior members of the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are abusing their authority to improperly prosecute people.

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

A secret recording has emerged purporting to show a Hawks investigator name-dropping the NPA in order to coerce Khuba into incriminating McBride.

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.

A man alleged to be a Hawks investigator tells Khuba in the recording, that Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza can use NPA contacts to get him off the hook.

"The NPA will have to deal with whoever needs to be dealt with. We will tell the general that since these guys helped us get where we are as a witness, he is acquitted." [sic]

McBride says this evidence is cause for concern.

"In the approach to Mr Khuba, mention is made that the Hawks now have contacts in the NPA which will make things go their way. It's very frightening and looks as if we're on a slippery slope."

The Hawks and NPA have declined to comment.