“A Long Song And Dance About Declassification” – McBride Blast Kehla Sitole

PICTURE: Voice of the Cape

CAPE TOWN: McBride said requests for information by IPID during its investigation of the case had been met with resistance from the police, “a long song and dance about declassification”.

Police commissioner Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole knew about former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane’s “activities” when he was his supervisor, executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Robert McBride said at a meeting at which Sitole was present.

“Commissioner Sitole was aware of Phahlane’s activities when he was his supervisor,” said McBride.

Phahlane is accused of corruption. McBride said requests for information by IPID during its investigation of the case had been met with resistance from the police, “a long song and dance about declassification”.

“IPID is the friend of good policing, not the enemy,” said McBride. “So the emerging resistance to our investigations should be ended immediately.”

He said he and his colleagues had been intimidated, received threats and that there had been attempts to bribe them.

“There are people in this room that know what I’m talking about,” he said to a room with several high-ranking police officers.

McBride has previously intimated that Phahlane and his “hit squad” were behind the alleged actions which coincided with IPID’s investigation of Phahlane for corruption. He is currently standing trial with his wife Beauty, who is also a police officer and is still at her post despite IPID’s recommendation that she be suspended.

McBride lambasted the police’s unwillingness to be investigated.

“The SAPS (South African Police Service) must become accustomed to operating in a constitutional democracy,” McBride said.

Sitole and McBride were attending a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), to discuss the contracts between the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Forensic Data Analysts (FDA), which the committee earlier described as corrupt.

Sitole didn’t show any reaction while McBride spoke and didn’t respond to him.