McBride’s dad: Lay off my son!

2013-11-13 00:00

DERRICK McBride, the father of controversial police figure and ANC heavyweight Robert McBride, said his son is prejudiced in the media because he killed “white women” in the Magoo’s Bar bombing on Durban beachfront in the 1980s.

And while the octogenarian has not spoken to his son in 10 years over “personal issues”, he defended him as a man of the law “who is a strategist” who detests crime.

Yesterday Robert McBride, a former Ekurhuleni Metro Police chief who was suspended over charges of drunk driving of which he was later acquitted, was named by Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, to lead the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), which is tasked with investigating crimes committed by the police. The appointment will now need to be ratified by Parliament.

“Robert has suffered tremendously from prejudice by the newspapers. Robert hates crime. Robert has been reported on by white people and why there has been pressure on him is because he killed three white women. That sounds harsh, but the reality is killing is killing,” McBride senior said at his home in Wentworth, Durban.

“There were numerous deaths during that time but the perpetrators of the other attacks, where black, Indian and coloured people died, have not been treated like Robert.”

He said his son was not afraid to take the fall for the ANC during the struggle as an underground operative, but added that the ANC is “fighting amongst itself” as members fight for position.

“My son is still a part of the ANC, but I have left the party. I have no respect for it after joining in 1942. It has become the new oppressor and is practising its own type of segregation through preferential employment policies based on race. The system today is corrupt,” said Derrick.

In 1986 Robert placed a bomb at the popular Durban pub, injuring between 69 and 71 people and killing three women. The bombing was associated with the liberation struggle against the apartheid government.

Sentenced to death for what was then deemed a terrorist attack, in 1991 he was reprieved, and in 1992 he was released. In 1997 he applied for amnesty under the Reconciliation Act for the murders and associated crimes, which was granted on April 19, 2001.

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