McBride: The case is nothing but a ruse

After inspecting the case docket against him & two subordinates the Ipid head says there’s simply no case.

FILE. Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says after inspecting the case docket against himself and two subordinates, there simply is no case against them.

McBride was speaking to the media yesterday after a brief appearance in the Pretoria Regional Court, where the matter was postponed until June.

McBride, Matthews Sesoko and Innocent Khuba are accused of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly altering an investigation report to exonerate senior Hawks officials.

Former Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya have been implicated in the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

McBride says the case is nothing but a rouse and that he and his co-accused will pursue a case of malicious prosecution against the state.

"This case is going to fall flat. There is no evidence in that docket and we're not worried at all about this case. This case is intended just for us to have a criminal case hanging over us in the run up to the Constitutional Court litigation."

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko conceded in court papers filed this week that the powers he relied on to suspend McBride are in fact unconstitutional.

That matter is set down to be heard on the Constitutional Court next month.