DA to approach Zuma over McBride

The DA warns it may take legal action if Robert McBride’s appointment as IPID head isn't reconsidered.

The DA warns it will consider legal action if Robert McBride’s appointment as IPID head isn't reconsidered. Picture: Sapa.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says he wants McBride to take up the reins of the police watchdog body as soon as possible.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the minister to reconsider, arguing that the controversial former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Chief is not a fit candidate for the job.

African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament (MPs) on the Portfolio Committee for Police used their majority to override opposition party objections on Wednesday, endorsing McBride's nomination by seven votes to three. This now has to be approved by the National Assembly.

Mthethwa says the IPID needs strong leadership. He wants McBride in place almost immediately.

"We want him like yesterday."

The DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard wants Mthethwa to reconsider.

She says she'll ask President Jacob Zuma to overrule the appointment.

"The police watchdog has been turned into the police lapdog!"

Kohler Barnard says the DA will consider legal action if McBride's appointment goes ahead.

McBride is a controversial figure who has faced legal action several times both during apartheid and post-1994.

The anti-apartheid activist was the mastermind of the Magoo's Bar bombing in Durban in the 1986.

Decades later he was accused of being drunk when he crashed his official car while Ekurhuleni metro police chief. He was later acquitted.