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McBride's IPID nomination considered

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police will be asked to consider McBride’s nomination as IPID head.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police will be asked to consider Robert McBride’s nomination as IPID head. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police will today be asked to consider Robert McBride's nomination for the post of head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Last year Cabinet recommended the former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief be given the top post at the police watchdog's directorate.

He is the sole candidate.

The portfolio committee will be briefed on McBride's nomination by the police ministry today.

Last year Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa sent the committee a letter confirming McBride as the candidate for the top position at IPID.

McBride won an appeal against a conviction of drunken driving after crashing his official car in 2006.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) and member of the police portfolio committee Dianne Kohler Barnard says the former Metro Police Chief is a controversial figure.

"In the face of it, no, he has not been convicted of anything since 1994. But the controversy that surrounds him over and over again is not something that engenders trust."

After the committee deliberates on McBride's nomination, a recommendation will be made to the National Assembly.