IPID advert was tailor-made for McBride, DA believes

2013-11-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Police Ministry was yesterday silent on the possibility that a “crucial legal qualification” was removed from the wording advertising the vacancy for the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard yesterday said the DA has been informed that the crucial legal qualification necessary for the executive director of IPID post was excised from the job advertisement.

“The obvious conclusion is that it was tailor-made for Robert McBride, who has no legal qualification at all.”

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday announced that cabinet recommended McBride, the infamous former head of the Ekurhuleni metro police, to become the head of IPID.

Kohler Barnard said a legal qualification was listed as a “primary requirement” in the initial advertisement for the post as executive head of IPID.

Mthethwa’s spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the ministry’s original statement on the issue stood and no further comment would be made pending a decision by the parliamentary committee.

The parliamentary portfolio committee on police has 31 days after the parliamentary committees start to sit in 2014 to either accept or reject McBride’s nomination. Opposition parties have already indicated that they will oppose McBride’s appointment.

McBride holds a BA degree in International Politics from Unisa, a BTech degree in Policing (honours) and a Diploma in Foreign Relations from the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in Malaysia. He was also trained in diplomatic relations and management at India’s Foreign Service Institute.

Attempts to get the original advertisement had been unsuccessful.

The DA yesterday submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) application to gain access to all documentation pertaining to the nomination of McBride as the head of the IPID. This includes all the advertisements, a list of the shortlisted candidates, the criteria used for the position of the executive director of the IPID; a detailed brief on why McBride was considered to be the best candidate in comparison to the others; and minutes of the interviews conducted.

“It is highly doubtful, considering McBride’s scandal-ridden past, that he would have been the best candidate for the post following a rigorous interview process,” Kohler Barnard said.

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