Mokotedi claims to have proof of assassination plot

The Gauteng Hawks boss has opened a criminal case against Robert McBride, Shadrack Sibiya & Paul O’Sullivan.

Prince Mokotedi. Picture: NPA.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Hawks boss Prince Mokotedi says he has information and evidence to prove that Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride and others were planning to assassinate him and his boss Berning Ntlemeza.

This week, Mokotedi opened a criminal case against McBride, former Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya and private investigator Paul O’Sullivan, accusing them of plotting an Arab Spring-style revolt to unseat the government.

The provincial Hawks boss says he received intelligence that the group has been meeting since March and they have been watching the group’s movements.

Mokotedi says he had sufficient evidence to believe his life was under threat this week.

He also says he would be open to taking a public lie detector test after McBride on Tuesday challenged him to taking one.

MCBRIDE REJECTS ALLEGATIONS

Ipid McBride says just hours before a criminal case was opened up against him a case docket involving acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for consideration.

Mokotedi opened the case on Monday night, also just hours after his superior, Ntlemeza provided a warning statement to Ipid investigators in a case he has been implicated in.

McBride has rejected the allegations, saying it’s yet another scheme to remove him from the independent directorate.

He says two significant events took place on Monday, a case docket implicating lieutenant general Khomotso Phahlane was sent to the NPA, and major general Ntlemeza provided a warning statement to Ipid investigators.

“It therefore comes as no surprise that on 12 December, in the evening, charges are laid against me.”

He says the complaints against the Phahlane and Ntlemeza were made in March this year, while he was suspended.

“No work was done on those investigation, of substance, in my absence. Upon my return in October, the complaints were picked up again and they were found to be quite substantial and carry significant weight.”

McBride says he won’t be deterred by this latest attempt to remove him from office.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)