Hawks Lay Charges for Treason, Murder Conspiracy and Plot to Oust Zuma
In breaking news Tuesday morning it has been reported that South Africa’s serious crimes unit, Hawks, has laid charges related to alleged high treason and a plot to remove President Jacob Zuma. Hawks has reportedly confirmed that its boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza submitted a warning statement to police watchdog IPID (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) yesterday, 12 December… and […]
In breaking news Tuesday morning it has been reported that South Africa’s serious crimes unit, Hawks, has laid charges related to alleged high treason and a plot to remove President Jacob Zuma.
Hawks has reportedly confirmed that its boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza submitted a warning statement to police watchdog IPID (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) yesterday, 12 December… and soon thereafter Ntlemeza’s subordinate, Prince Mokotedi (head of Gauteng Hawks) laid the charges at Bedfordview police station.
The charges which include high treason, espionage, conspiracy to murder, and more; were laid against IPID boss Robert McBride, private investigator Paul O’Sullivan, former Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibya and a suspended SA Police Services (SAPS) agent, Captain Candice Coetzee (whose suspension relates to the leaking of classified info to O’Sullivan).
According to reports in local media, and discussions on Twitter, the affidavit outlines an alleged plot to assassinate top government and police officials including Ntlemeza, Mokotedi, National Prosecuting head Advocate Shaun Abrahams and others.
The affidavit also apparently claims the accused planned to implicate the Hawks bosses and Abrahams in acts of corruption; and to destabilise security forces and bring about a revolt in the country to remove the President.
IPID boss McBride has responded saying he is not surprised by the charges, and challenging Hawks boss Mokotedi to taking a polygraph test live on TV (which IPID will pay for) to see which of the two of them is telling the truth.
In a screenshot which purports to show the affidavit, representatives of Afrikaans group AfriForum and opposition party Democratic Alliance were listed as present at an alleged meeting concerning the plot in Bedfordview.
McBride confirmed there was a meeting but not for any conspiracy. It was to discuss a report, he claims.
The IPID boss says he “loves fighting corruption” and that “if we can’t take the heat, we must get out of the kitchen. We function on heartbeat, not money.”
The explosive allegations overshadow the Gauteng Hawks’ earlier revelation that it has arrested two of its own police officers after they allegedly insisted on a R100,000 pay-out to squash a case.
The two were arrested on Friday, as well as the suspect’s lawyer who had conspired with them on an earlier demand. They are out on bail and are expected to appear in court again on 9 June 2017 pending further investigations into the bribery.
— Michael Appel (@TheMikeAppel) December 13, 2016
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