McBride won't give Hawks warning statement


Pretoria - Robert McBride during a court appearance at the North Gauteng High Court. McBride lost his urgent bid to prevent his suspension as Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in March 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Police Investigative Directorate head, Robert McBride, has no plans to give the Hawks a warning statement.

McBride was ordered to submit the document to the Hawks on Monday.

The investigation relates to two separate incidents that allegedly both took place in 2006, while McBride was Ekurhuleni Metro police chief.

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However, Ipid says the charges are spurious and frivolous and that the Hawks are not acting in the interests of justice.

The police watchdog believes the request for McBride to give a statement is similar to how fraud charges were laid‚ and then abruptly dropped‚ against Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini says, "Mr Mcbride won’t be giving any warning statements to the Hawks."

"He sees this investigation against him as a relentless pursuit by the Hawks. The charge of defeating the ends of justice is not a priority crime which the Hawks should be investigating."

"However a few weeks ago a recording emerged where it was alleged that the Hawks were tasked with finding any dirt against Mr McBride. We see this as part of that campaign."

However, Hawks spokersperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi, says the two incidents have been referred to them, and they need to resolve them.

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The first relates to a nearly decade-old attempted murder case, which happened under McBride’s watch.

The second matter involves a BMW X5 that was allegedly reported stolen, but later recovered and apparently used by Metro Police officers in covert operations.

Ipid says it is not surprised by the Hawks’ move.

A warning statement is often seen as a precursor to charges being laid against an accused individual.