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EWN EXCLUSIVE: Robert McBride facing assault case involving minor family member

Police have confirmed an assault case was opened at the Norwood Police Station last week and is being investigated.

FILE: Robert McBride. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has learnt that a case of assault has been opened against Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride following an alleged incident involving a family member who is a minor.

Police have confirmed the case was opened at the Norwood Police Station and is being investigated.

Eyewitness News has also learnt that a case of assault was opened last Sunday.

This followed an incident on Sunday morning during which McBride allegedly hit and attempted to strangle a teenage family member while they were travelling in a vehicle.

Following the incident, the minor phoned a friend to collect her from her Pretoria home. The friend’s mother is the complainant in the case as the family member is too young to open a docket.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters says she can't reveal the identities of either the complainant or the suspect in the matter.

However, she has confirmed a case of common assault was opened at Norwood Police Station but has since been moved to Pretoria Central Police Station.

Eyewitness News understands photographs and a J88 medical form part of the evidence, as well as statements taken by social workers.

PHOTO: Two of the photographs submitted to police after one of Robert McBride's minor family members opened a case of assault against him.

Robert McBride

McBride says he will not be commenting on the case as social workers have advised him not to. His office is alleging the friend’s mother abducted the girl.

He faced a previous charge of assault in 1999 when he and underworld figure Cyril Beeka allegedly assaulted an escort but those charges were dropped.