I was admonishing my daughter - McBride speaks out on assault allegations

2017-08-26 21:07
Robert McBride (File, Gallo Images)

Robert McBride (File, Gallo Images)

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Johannesburg - IPID head Robert McBride has broken his silence on allegations that he assaulted a young woman, saying the incident was a family disagreement.

McBride issued a statement on Saturday night in which he addressed the allegations, and stated that the woman in question was in fact his teenage daughter.

He said he merely "admonished" his "rebellious" child and that the person who opened a case of assault against him was a friend of his estranged ex-partner.

McBride further said the person who opened the case was linked to an IPID investigation into former acting national commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane, and that a "normal family disagreement" was being used to create a public spectacle to get at him.

Also read: IPID believes McBride is target of crime intelligence plot

Here is the complete statement by McBride:


I issue this statement with a heavy heart as I have refrained from commenting out of concern for my minor child. However, I have decided to comment as I have noticed that other people, including those investigated by the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID), have inveigled themselves into my family matters and have no concern for the well-being of my children – only for their own scores to settle with me, which is why the story has seemed newsworthy even though the press rules forbid the identification of children.

I am not at all surprised by the latest allegations against me – I have been accused of treason, conspiracy to murder and plotting an Arab-Spring style revolution, all of which have come to nought. Those making the allegations have now gone silent, after failing to substantiate their allegations.

I admit that I admonished one of my daughters, whom I love very much. She is my daughter from a previous relationship and I obtained custody of her a few years ago as I realised that she was being neglected. Lately, I became concerned that her marks at school had dropped substantially and her behaviour was somewhat rebellious. That was my reason for admonishing her. My daughter was seated directly behind me in the car, it would have been impossible for me to drive and “assault” and “throttle” her at the same time. I deny that I assaulted her and that she had any injuries when I left her at home. I have already indicated to the police that I will co-operate fully with the investigation.

I found a letter written by my daughter, which suggests possible experimentation with drugs and self-harm. I expressed concern about all this as it could possibly explain the recent change in personality. I would like to get help for my daughter so that she can get back to her former bubbly self. I would do anything for my daughter, she means everything to me. I do not believe that, Rochelle John who took it upon herself to take my 15 year-old daughter without my permission, has her interest at heart. The same Rochelle has been posting pictures of my 15 year-old daughter without any concern that she will be identified, which is against the law.

I have recently become aware that Rochelle John, who opened the case of assault against me, has a long history of opening fabricated cases against people. The cases were opened in Randburg, Sandton, Yeoville, Norwood, Rosebank, Sandringham and Alexandra police stations. In one case, as in mine, there were attempts to extort money from a parent who was alleged to have assaulted his child. It appears to be her modus operandi.

I know Rochelle John as a friend of my ex-partner, from whom I am estranged for about 15 years. My ex-partner is not the complainant in this matter. About two weeks before I admonished my daughter, Rochelle John asked me to squash traffic fines for her and I told her very clearly that I would do no such thing. She was upset with me for refusing to assist her to break the law.

The IPID, which I lead, has uncovered evidence linking the former Acting National Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane, to a service provider who bought vehicles for at least one of Phahlane's relatives. Phahlane's relative was confronted by the investigators just over a week ago. A link has also been established between Rochelle John and the service provider. I am, therefore, not surprised that a normal family disagreement with my daughter, who is a minor child would be turned into a public spectacle just to get at me.

Out of concern for my daughter, I have also opened a case of Abduction against Rochelle John on the basis that she has no legal standing to be in custody of my minor child as she is not the guardian, teacher, doctor, district surgeon or youth counsellor, all of whom could have done so, if there was any reason to open a case in the interest of the child.

I will not be commenting further out of concern for my child.

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