'Appointing McBride would be unethical'

A criminologist says McBride’s IPID appointment would be an example of cadre deployment.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has nominated Robert McBride as his preferred candidate to head up the IPID.

CAPE TOWN - Criminologist Dr Liza Grobler says the appointment of Robert McBride to head the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) would be unethical.

On Tuesday it was reported that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa nominated the former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief as his preferred candidate for the position.

But there's been an outcry from some quarters.

McBride was arrested and convicted for drunk driving in 2006, but his conviction was later overturned and he was acquitted.

Grobler says this is just another example of cadre deployment.

"It's not okay for various reasons. The fact that he is a cadre would make it a cadre deployment, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The head of the IPID should be beyond reproach and have at least a modicum of integrity."

But Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police Annelize van Wyk disagrees.

She says, "I find it very interesting that the previous person who was appointed was also a member of the African National Congress (ANC), is currently back in Parliament and there was none of this outcry, especially from the opposition."

Former ANC MP Francois Beukman was the previous head of the IPID.