DA raises question on IPID post

The DA is asking who else applied for the IPID post, which Robert McBride may have in the bag.

The DA wants to know who else applied for the top IPID post, which Robert McBride may have in the bag.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants to know who else applied for the top post at the Independent Police Investigate Directorate (IPID) and whether they were more qualified than former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief Robert McBride, who has been recommended for the position by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The party has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information application to obtain these details.

The DA says it appears the job advertisement was amended to exclude a legal qualification so that McBride would qualify.

But the Department of Police won't comment on this claim.

The DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard says, "The DA has gone as far as doing an application asking for a list of all the advertisements placed and a list of all the shortlisted candidates with their full CVs."

McBride was arrested in 2006 after crashing his official car. He was convicted of drunk driving but that judgment was later overturned and he was acquitted in April this year.