Cape Town – Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s proposed appointment of former Ekurhuleni Police Chief Robert McBride as head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has prompted a fierce backlash by opposition parties both within and out of Parliament.
AgangSA leader, Mamphele Ramphele called on Parliament to reject this appointment:
“McBride has tarnished his copybook with too many criminal charges that he has managed to escape in the past, making his potential appointment to such an important public institution highly questionable,” she said.
“South African citizens deserve better – they deserve clean government that looks after the interests of every citizen, not the political elite.”
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley described the proposed appointment as absurd.
“Apart from Mr McBride’s questionable character and track record – the biggest concern is that it is doubtful that he will be able to run the directorate without the interference of the ANC,” she said.
“Minister Mthethwa’s decision raises questions as to whether or not this appointment is an attempt to influence outstanding investigations which could embarrass the Minister and Government – Marikana for example.”
While the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) described the intention to appoint McBride as chief of the IPID as one that “makes a farce and mockery of the Minister’s comments that he will eradicate corruption in the police.”
FF+ spokesperson on Police, Pieter Groenewald said the chief of the IPID must be an individual society can trust.
“The Ekurhuleni Metro Council did not even trust McBride and suspended him. How can it be expected of the public to have any trust in him? With this appointment, Mthethwa is violating the public’s trust and it is very clear that McBride’s appointment is once again cadre deployment by the ANC,” he said.
McBride made headlines in 2006 when he crashed his car near the Hartbeespoort Dam after a Christmas party and was arrested for drunken driving and attempting to obstruct justice. He was acquitted of the charges in April.
He was also arrested in 1998 by the Mozambican police on charges of gun running and in 1999 he was accused of assault.
According to a statement by Mthethwa McBride holds a bachelor of arts in international politics from the University of South Africa, a bachelor of technology in policing, with honours, from Tshwane University of Technology, and a diploma in foreign relations from the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in Kuala Lumpur.
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