‘McBride, Sibiya, O’Sullivan planned to assassinate Hawks boss Ntlemeza’

Nine charges, including treason and conspiracy to murder, have been laid against the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s Robert McBride, former top Hawk Shadrack Sibiya, private investigator Paul O’Sullivan and a crime intelligence officer.

In an affidavit submitted to Bedfordview police yesterday, Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Prince Mokotedi alleges the four conspired to:

1. Murder him and Hawks boss Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza;

2.
Use information gathered on Duduzane Zuma, president Jacob Zuma’s son, “to mobilise the community to revolt and pressure the president to quit office”;

3. “Mobilise for an ‘Arab Spring’ type of revolt in the country”; and

4. “Destabilise the security forces of the country and to oust the president of the country through popular revolt”.

Mokotedi alleges that the Zimbabwean rendition debacle, for which McBride and former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat have been accused, is the genesis of the alleged “conspiracy”.

On McBride’s table is a series of investigations, including investigations into Ntlemeza and the crimes against the state unit that allegedly held an employee of the South African Revenue Service hostage. McBride also wrote the report that cleared Dramat and Sibiya from involvement in the Zimbabwean rendition drama.

This comes two months after McBride was cleared by court to go back to work. He had been suspended by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko for his involvement in the rendition drama.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed a case has been registered alleging “a series of serious transgressions”. The Mail & Guardian has seen an affidavit drafted by Mokotedi and submitted to the police, but has been unable to contact him, as his phone appeared to be switched off.

Charges against McBride, Sibiya, O’Sullivan and Captain Candice Coetzee have been laid on the strength of an intelligence report dated December 12 and knowledge of a secret meeting held on December 3, Mokotedi says in his affidavit.

Coetzee is currently suspended for allegedly leaking classified information to O’Sullivan.

The nine charges brought by Mokotedi against the accused are treason, espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, corruption, intimidation and harassment, defeating the ends of justice, tax evasion and a contravention of the immigration laws.

The four accused allegedly “conspired” against Mokotedi, Ntlemeza, prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams, acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane and director general of the State Security Agency Arthur Fraser.

O’Sullivan is also said to have collected “damaging evidence” against Duduzane Zuma, the president’s son.

Mokotedi claims the four accused met on December 3 at the former house of Czech gangster Radovan Krejcir, now allegedly owned by O’Sullivan. Representatives of AfriForum and the Democratic Alliance are said to have been present.

The intelligence report, attached to Mokotedi’s affidavit, speaks of an alleged meeting at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on December 12. Former “DCPI [sic] employees, members of Zimbambwean [sic] intelligence agency and Serbian nationals” were said to be present.

It states that the “purpose of the meeting was to discuss the strategy of dealing with Ntlemeza, Mokotedi and the witnesses on the rendition matter which they perceived general Ntlemeza as a dangerous man who may not be leaved [sic] to run the police and who later brought major general Mokotedi to do the ground work as the major Mokotedi is familiar with the law”.

The report further indicated that Ntlemeza and Mokotedi “must be dealt with immediately include and that we should be assassinated because we are seen as the ones who are pursuing the rendition matter”, Mokotedi wrote in his affidavit.

The strategy is said to “implicate them of corruption”.

This newest development indicates an all-out war for power and control of the justice cluster. 

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