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Robert McBride to cooperate fully with police investigation

McBride says he is not surprised that a normal family disagreement with his daughter has been turned into a public spectacle just to get at him.

Robert McBride. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG – Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says he will cooperate fully with a police investigation into allegations that he assaulted one of his daughters.

He’s responded to allegations against him with a detailed statement. Ipid also believes that the assault case opened against him is the work of crime intelligence operatives.

Police have confirmed a case of assault was opened against McBride last Sunday and is being investigated.

McBride says he is not surprised that a normal family disagreement with his daughter has been turned into a public spectacle just to get at him.

In a detailed statement, he admits that he admonished one of his daughters, whom he loves very much.

He had recently become concerned that her marks had dropped substantially at school and her behaviour was rebellious.

McBride has denied that he assaulted and throttled her as claimed.

Ipid believes that the case is the work of crime intelligence operatives as part of a project called operation wonder aimed at removing McBride and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The Ipid head has also laid the blame for the case with the complainant Rochelle John, who he says has a long history of opening fabricated cases and is linked to former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

Read full statement below:

ALLEGED ASSAULT A RED HERRING

I issue this statement with a heavy heart as I have refrained from commenting out of concern for my minor child. However, I have decided to comment as I have noticed that other people, including those investigated by the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID), have inveigled themselves into my family matters and have no concern for the well-being of my children – only for their own scores to settle with me, which is why the story has seemed newsworthy even though the press rules forbid the identification of children.

I am not at all surprised by the latest allegations against me – I have been accused of treason, conspiracy to murder and plotting an Arab-Spring style revolution, all of which have come to nought. Those making the allegations have now gone silent, after failing to substantiate their allegations.

I admit that I admonished one of my daughters, whom I love very much. She is my daughter from a previous relationship and I obtained custody of her a few years ago as I realised that she was being neglected. Lately, I became concerned that her marks at school had dropped substantially and her behaviour was somewhat rebellious. That was my reason for admonishing her. My daughter was seated directly behind me in the car, it would have been impossible for me to drive and “assault” and “throttle” her at the same time. I deny that I assaulted her and that she had any injuries when I left her at home. I have already indicated to the police that I will co-operate fully with the investigation.

I found a letter written by my daughter, which suggests possible experimentation with drugs and self-harm. I expressed concern about all this as it could possibly explain the recent change in personality. I would like to get help for my daughter so that she can get back to her former bubbly self. I would do anything for my daughter, she means everything to me. I do not believe that, Rochelle John who took it upon herself to take my 15-year-old daughter without my permission, has her interest at heart. The same Rochelle has been posting pictures of my 15-year-old daughter without any concern that she will be identified, which is against the law.

I have recently become aware that Rochelle John, who opened the case of assault against me, has a long history of opening fabricated cases against people. The cases were opened in Randburg, Sandton, Yeoville, Norwood, Rosebank, Sandringham and Alexandra police stations. In one case, as in mine, there were attempts to extort money from a parent who was alleged to have assaulted his child. It appears to be her modus operandi.

I know Rochelle John as a friend of my ex-partner, from whom I am estranged for about 15 years. My ex-partner is not the complainant in this matter. About two weeks before I admonished my daughter, Rochelle John asked me to squash traffic fines for her and I told her very clearly that I would do no such thing. She was upset with me for refusing to assist her to break the law.

The IPID, which I lead, has uncovered evidence linking the former Acting National Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane, to a service provider who bought vehicles for at least one of Phahlane's relatives. Phahlane's relative was confronted by the investigators just over a week ago. A link has also been established between Rochelle John and the service provider. I am, therefore, not surprised that a normal family disagreement with my daughter, who is a minor child would be turned into a public spectacle just to get at me.

Out of concern for my daughter, I have also opened a case of Abduction against Rochelle John on the basis that she has no legal standing to be in custody of my minor child as she is not the guardian, teacher, doctor, district surgeon or youth counsellor, all of whom could have done so, if there was any reason to open a case in the interest of the child.

I will not be commenting further out of concern for my child.

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