AT IT HAPPENED: McBride concludes testimony for now, Zondo commission to resume with new witness on the stand
McBride is excused.
The commission adjourns until 10:00 tomorrow morning, where former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head General Johan Booysen, is expected to testify.
Pretorius asks if McBride has any further comments before conclusion. He asks if he can deal with an affidavit of December 10 at a later stage.
Zondo thanks McBride. "We will be seeing you again," Zondo says.
McBride says around Oct 2014, Police Minister established a reference group to turn around the Saps. McBride noted that senior government official were appointed including NPA but Ipid was excluded. #StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) April 16, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry : McBride now deals with the 'Reference Group'. "In Oct 2014, Police Min Nhleko formed this group to turn around the image of the police, IPID was investigated" - McBride @TeamNews24 .— Canny Maphanga (@CannyMaphanga) April 16, 2019
Police ministry's chief of staff a convicted fraudster
The man tasked with running Nathi Nhleko's police ministry is a convicted fraudster who was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in 2002.
Leon Abednigo Mbangwa was found guilty of fraud and jailed for four years on December 13, 2002, police spokesperson Sergeant Ann Poortman has confirmed to News24.
Despite this, he managed to secure a senior position as chief of staff in the police ministry.
Mbangwa admitted to having spent some time in Pretoria Central Prison for fraud. He was released in August 2003.Read more...
#StateCaptureInquiry McBride now deals with the Crimes against the State Unit (CATS) and claims that it was used against Gordhan and himself. "One wonders who was committing the crimes against the state," he concludes . (@CannyMaphanga)— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) April 16, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry McBride says it has made no sense why the minister of police would hire a foreigner without security clearance. He says he has found the link and will testify to it.— POWER987News (@POWER987News) April 16, 2019
Leon Mbangwa, real name Lionel Moyo, was employed by Nathi Nhleko as a chief of staff. He is a Zimbabwean. He had not been naturalized. Was arrested for false ID. Was convicted and served custodial sentence, he also recently appeared in court for false documentation. No security clearance.
At the time of applying for security clearance, McBride was on suspension.
Pretorius: Any knowledge about PCLU and the crimes against the state unit?
Direct links between CATS and PCLU. Cases are passed on to PCLU, there has to be a process of involving NDP in these matters. Not sure if they comply with this provision, but they work hand in glove.
#StateCaptureInquiry :McBride deals with prosecutions that took place vs. the ones that didn't. McBride says that there was a rush to prosecute those who were anti-corruption and a delay in cases where there was evidence @TeamNews24 .— Canny Maphanga (@CannyMaphanga) April 16, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry McBride says he also had a meeting with Shaun Abrahams when he returned from his suspension. He says Abrahams started talking, he inquired if Ipid can have a change to speak and Abrahams told him to leave the room.— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) April 16, 2019
McBride speaks about meeting with Shaun Abrahams:
He proceeded to tell deputies that no one was allowed to make any comments. Afterwards, I said to him I’m glad I didn’t leave your meeting. We departed in a professional manner, but it really was an eye-opener to see the attitude of the NDPP.
Mcbride says by the time of the search and seizure at Phahlane's house the scope had expanded. Ipid was investigating Phahlane on allegations of corruption. #StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) April 16, 2019
#StateCaptureInquiry : and we're back. McBride now dealing with how IPID's investigation on Phahlane expanded re: a process of corrupt relationships between General Phahlane and a number of service providers @TeamNews24 .— Canny Maphanga (@CannyMaphanga) April 16, 2019
The heads - Moyane is gone, Abrahams is gone - the point I’m saying is in any event those meetings should have been taking place for national interest. Overall all these agencies are there to root out malice activities.
We adjourn for lunch hour.