Response to Hawks allegations of treason and other offences remarks by Executive Director, Robert McBride at a media briefing held at IPID national office

Mr McBride noted the Mail and Guardian story alleging a conspiracy involving himself, Paul O'Sullivan, Shadrack Sibiya and Candice Coetzee. He remarked that the allegations were yet another desperate attempt to implicate me and others in wrong-doing � which attempt can never succeed. The alleged charges include treason, espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, corruption, intimidation and harassment, defeating the ends of justice and tax evasion, among others.

The Executive Director said that since his appointment at the IPID, there had been unsuccessful attempts to bring fabricated cases against him and his colleagues. The charges against him were withdrawn in court. He indicated that since his appointment, he had become aware that there were hare-brained schemes which were continuing to this day. He referred to another plot involving the Hawks and a Col. Mannie Fourie in which an alleged plot was recorded at the behest of the Minister. He said: It is no secret that the Minister of Police has been persistent in trying to get rid of me and keep me from returning to my job. The Hawks have been useful tools in that quest.

Mr McBride referred to his recent challenge in the Constitutional Court and the High Court and expressed his belief in Constitutional democracy and upholding the rule of law. He indicated that those who are targeted have done more to uphold the rule of law in South Africa than the thugs who abuse state power for an ulterior purpose.

The Executive said that earlier in the month, he had a meeting with General Phahlane in order to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The Executive Director said that his investigators took a warning statement from General Ntlemeza and that during that interaction, General Ntlemeza had IPID investigators that the Hawks would also be taking warning statements. He said: It is, therefore, not surprising that a case was registered against us on the very same day.

Mr McBride challenged General Prince Mokotedi to take a polygraph test with him live on TV.

He said: Paul O'Sullivan has provided credible information to the IPID. It is notable that matters that were reported by him against both Generals Ntlemeza and Phahlane, while I was on suspension, were never investigated by IPID. On my return I ordered that they be investigated. That is why there is this push-back.

McBride expressed his concern that this latest action by the Hawks was meant to frustrate IPID investigations into very senior policemen.

He raised a concern that according to Gen Mokotedi's own affidavit, he was informed by a source and saw it fit to open such a serious case without verifying the allegations.

Mr McBride said that the Hawks are fabricating cases against innocent people instead of fighting crime, which threatens our democracy. As South Africans we should all be concerned that we have such people heading institutions in the criminal justice system.

He said there was nothing untoward about the meeting that took place on 3 December 2016 in Bedforview which he attended. The meeting was about Paul O'Sullivan's Joining the Dots document.

Source: Department of Independent Police Investigative Directorate