Mcbride likely to head Ipid: analyst

By Drum Digital
13 November 2013

The odds are that former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride will head the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), an analyst said.

Johan Burger, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, said the recommendation of McBride for the position would be considered by Parliament's portfolio committee on police within 30 days.

"Looking at the composition of the portfolio committee, the majority are ANC members. Clearly this is an ANC nomination and Cabinet has already approved [the appointment]," he said.

Burger said the central question in the debate on McBride's appointment was whether he was a suitable candidate.

McBride, who is a former MP and government official, won an appeal in March against a conviction for drunken driving and attempting to obstruct justice. He was arrested in 2006 after crashing his official car on the R511 following a Christmas party.

In 1998, McBride was arrested in Mozambique on charges of gun-running. He spent seven months in a Maputo prison and was later cleared of all charges. He claimed he was investigating illegal gun-running with the National Intelligence Agency.

McBride was part of an Umkhonto we Sizwe group that bombed the Why Not Restaurant and Magoo's Bar in Durban on 14 June 1986.

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