Mthethwa: McBride the best candidate

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says Robert McBride is the best candidate to lead the IPID.

Robert McBride. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says Robert McBride is the best candidate to head up the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Mthethwa has been briefing parliament's police portfolio committee today.

His nomination of McBride as the new executive director of IPID in 2013 sparked controversy due to the former Ekurhuleni metro police chief's run-ins with the law.

He was convicted of drunk-driving in 2006 but the judgment was later overturned and he was acquitted.

Mthethwa says McBride has the necessary qualifications, performed well in his interview and his conviction for drunken driving was overturned.

He says the IPID has been without a head for more than a year and needs strong leadership given the public perceptions about a culture of impunity developing within the police.

"We want to dispel that and we are very confident that the candidate I have nominated is going to rise to the occasion."

But opposition MPs are opposing McBride's nomination, raising questions about his integrity and independence.