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McBride officially appointed to head Ipid

The former Ekurhuleni metro police chief’s nomination last year sparked a public outcry.

Robert McBride has officially been appointed to head the Independent Police Investigations Directorate. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Former Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride has officially been appointed as head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa nominated McBride as his preferred candidate for the position last year.

Members of Parliament then endorsed his appointment in January.

But his appointment was only made official on Friday.

McBride's appointment has been met with controversy due to his role in the Magoo's Bar bombing in Durban in 1986, for which he was given amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In 2006, he was arrested and later convicted for drunk driving.

That judgment was overturned and McBride was acquitted in April last year.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police chairperson Annelize van Wyk says they have high expectations and trust that McBride is the man for the job.

"We do expect the incumbent to be somebody who's not going to buckle to pressure and who is going to give to South African citizens the service that we deserve in terms of keeping the police accountable."