McBride nominated as new IPID head

The Police Minister has reportedly nominated Robert McBride as the new head of the IPID.

The Police Minister has reportedly nominated Robert McBride as the new head of the IPID. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has reportedly nominated Robert McBride as the new executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

It's understood the Police Minister requested the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police consider McBride's nomination in a letter published in Parliament's announcements this morning.

The former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief was convicted for drunk driving, but that judgment was later overturned and he was acquitted in April this year.

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

The Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler Barnard says the party will oppose his nomination in Parliament.

"The IPID is responsible for investigating police officials in positions of authority. The executive director must be a person who is free of scandal. The list of murky behaviour that surrounds Robert McBride is endless."

Meanwhile, Mthethwa's office has been unavailable for comment.