McBride confirms meeting at Bedfordview

Prince Mokotedi has accused Robert McBride, Shadrack Sibiya and Paul O’Sullivan of plotting at this meeting to unseat government.

FILE: IPID head Robert McBride. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has confirmed there was a meeting held between various parties in Bedfordview in 2015 but denies that anything unlawful or improper was discussed.

Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi has accused McBride, former Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya and private investigator Paul O’Sullivan of plotting at this meeting to initiate an Arab Spring-style revolt to unseat the government.

Mokotedi further alleges that the group planned to have him, as well as Hawks head Berning Ntlemenza and acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, assassinated.

McBride has rejected the allegations, saying its yet another scheme to remove him from Ipid.

McBride confirms he was invited to a meeting to discuss an investigation report.

“There was a meeting on 3 December at a house in Bedfordview. The meeting was to discuss the jointed dots document amongst other matters. During the meeting no discussion was held on anything that was untoward or improper.”

He says O’Sullivan compiled the report.

“[He] has pulled different aspects of different cases in the criminal justice system and it [the report] details investigations which link a lot of different seemingly unconnected aspects.”

McBride says Mokotedi has based his allegations on hearsay obtained from a single source.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)