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SHOCKING claims of plans to assassinate former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride in connection with his investigations into corrupt land deals emerged yesterday.
National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele's spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha confirmed yesterday that police were investigating a charge of attempted murder and intimidation.
"Mr McBride opened a case of attempted murder and intimidation with police yesterday (Sunday), and we have assigned officers to investigate," said Mbatha.
The assassination allegations against McBride were backed with a dossier on Talk Radio 702 website, compiled by a member of the National Intelligence Agency.
In the dossier, the intelligence operative alleges that "whilst following leads I established that the main/lead investigator Robert McBride's road accident had a lot of very strange and unexplainable issues".
He further said that he gathered from a statement compiled by another officer that "there was a yellow car which allegedly drove in a manner which resulted in the blue car (driven by McBride) avoiding it".
He alleged that led to McBride losing control. "This whole accident issue looks very suspicious.
"I further established that McBride's brakes on the vehicle were replaced two times within two weeks before the accident ...
"The allocation of the accident docket, which is a traffic matter, to the Organised Crime Unit further confirmed my suspicions that something was not right with this whole accident story."
During his recent appearance at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) McBride hinted that his contract was terminated by Mayor Ntombi Mekgwe because of political interference.
McBride and his witness, former Ekurhuleni manager Patrick Flusk, told the CCMA that McBride's contract was not renewed because he had access to crucial information linking high ranking politicians to the fraudulent land deal in Meyersdal, Alberton.
It is still not clear which politicians benefited from the land deal, but the Mail and Guardian previously revealed that MEC for health and social services Qedani Mahlangu purchased two plots which she later sold.
Coincidentally, Mahlangu was instrumental in the firing of Flusk, whom she labelled "a bull" that could not co-exist and cooperate with Mekgwe. Mahlangu accused Flusk of undermining Mekgwe.
But Flusk wrote a letter to the ANC in the region complaining about pressure from Mekgwe to ditch investigation into the land deal.
Flusk told the CCMA that he continued the investigation after McBride was dismissed.
The investigation which McBride did with Pasco Risk Management also revealed that several ANC and DA councillors in the Ekurhuleni municipality stood to gain from the deal where land worth R100million was fraudulently sold for R7million.