Robert McBride could soon lead the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), if Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has his way. DA spokesperson on police Dianne Kohler Barnard says Mthethwa requested the police portfolio committee to consider McBride’s nomination in a letter published this morning in Parliament’s announcement papers. McBride previously headed the Ekurhuleni metro police, but left after he was charged with drunken driving after he had rolled his car following a Christmas party in Tshwane in 2006. He was initially found guilty and sentenced to a five-year prison term in 2011, but both the verdict and sentence were overturned on appeal earlier this year. Kohler Barnard said her party would oppose McBride’s appointment, and said the police watchdog “should not be led by such as controversial figure”. Mthethwa’s spokesperson, Zweli Mnisi, could not immediately be reached for comment.