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Cabinet chose McBride for IPID job

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police still has to confirm the appointment.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police still has to confirm Robert McBride's appointment as head of the IPID. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Robert McBride emerged as the ideal candidate to lead the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) following an interview and shortlisting process, the Ministry of Police revealed on Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa nominated the controversial former Ekurhuleni Metro Police head as the new executive director of IPID.

The department has confirmed Cabinet recommended him for the job.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police still has to confirm the appointment.

Ministry of Police spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said, "IPID is one of the most important institutions within the criminal justice system because they police the police, so to speak. We are looking for someone who can help us deliver on this mandate.

"Based on the interviews and the panel that interviewed [the candidates], he [McBride] was identified as the ideal person."

Mnisi confirmed the panel itself included a number of ministers.

But the Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler Barnard says McBride is the wrong man for the job.

"This person is a known and loyal ANC cadre. The position is 'Independent' Police Investigative Directorate."

In 2006, McBride was arrested after crashing his official car on the R511 following a Christmas party.

He was convicted of drunk driving but the judgment was later overturned and he was acquitted of the charge in April this year.

During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, McBride was granted amnesty for his role in the 1986 Magoo's Bar bombing in Durban.