Parliament to debate McBride appointment

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police is due to meet on 28 January.

Robert McBride, who has been nominated to head the Independent Police Investigations Directorate. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - A debate on whether Robert McBride should lead the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) is expected to be held in Parliament later in January.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa last year nominated McBride as the new executive director of the police watchdog.

But the nomination proved controversial due to the former Ekurhuleni metro police chief's history.

McBride had been convicted for drunk driving after an accident in 2006 but the judgment was later overturned.

He was acquitted in April.

McBride had also been accused of assault at an escort agency and was arrested for gun-running in Mozambique.

He was also granted amnesty during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for his role in the 1986 Magoo's Bar bombing in Durban.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police is due to meet on 28 January to discuss the nomination.

Committee chairperson Annelize van Wyk says Mthethwa has been invited to attend the meeting to make representations.

"The committee will then be allowed to ask him some questions. We'll then have an opportunity to discuss the proposal and we'll make a recommendation to Parliament. Parliament then will either agree with the nomination or disagree."

If there's sufficient opposition to the nomination, it may be decided through a vote.