Robert McBride: A Punch in the stomach.

2013-11-13 09:27

There has been a suspicious amount of excitement on social media and national news. The kind that can only be concealed by Miley Cyrus' trite theatrics or another international sports star who's just come out the proverbial closet.

The South African Cabinet's recommendation of Robert McBride as the Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) caught many by surprise but let's face it, when it comes to such appointments the only thing our leaders have successfully managed to do is keep their own balls off the chopping block. That this was the best the could offer comes very much as less of a shock. I'm sure many members wouldn't object to Jackie Selebi being placed second to Robert.

If McBride does need an introduction, its tough knowing where to start. The son of schoolteachers, who was taught how to defend himself by learning martial arts from his father, an anti-apartheid activist. One of the leaders responsible for the bombing of the 'Why Not' restaurant and Magoo's Bar in Durban in '86, it also has to be said the incident resulted in 3 deaths and 69 casualties. A former official in the then Department of Foreign Affairs detained by Mozambican police on gun running charges in 1998, a generous giver of punches (ask Cyril Beeka)

Or simply: Former Ekhuruleni Metro Police Chief with a knack for frequenting escourt agencies, a master intimidator (ask fellow cop Patrick Johnston) who has a particular proclivity for drinking games. Phewww!!!

There are very few things this man has not done. At the top being diving headfirst with a school of sharks while covered in bacon grease and giving an impromtu eulogy at an ex girlfriends funeral, none of which I think he'll come around to should his appointment be successful.

That his name made it all the way to the top despite his colourful past is baffling. In general (READ: Straight from their website), the IPID's mandate is to conduct independent and impartial investigations of identified criminal offences allegedly committed by members of the SAPS and Municipal Police Services and make appropriate recommendations.

I'll give you a moment to let the possibility of McBride heading up such a department sink in.... EXACTLY!

How can Cabinet recommend someone so calculated and downright shady, to be responsible for holding cops who abuse their power to book? It seems the Police department and its oversight bodies are the only professions in the world -besides prostitution- where a dirty history or inexperience (and by inexperience I mean Riah Phiyega) is considered a virtue.

Look back at Marikana and more recently, Ms Phiyaga's own waltz with the law. Take a glance at the Khuli Chana incident and a final one at the countless cops, who they themselves are perpetrators of crime. If that makes you uncomfortable now, just imagine how it will be when Robert McBride's photograph is hanging by the entrance of the IPID offices.

Ain't that a b*tch!

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