29 January 2014
The IFP rejects the recommendation by the ANC
majority in parliament to appoint Robert McBride as the new head
of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
"We reject McBride's appointment because not
only will public perception of the police be further tainted,
but now McBride will be given the power to investigate the very
people who investigated him for his drunken driving case. The
police do not trust nor respect McBride and because he will be
the head of IPID, the validity of the cases he investigates will
said MP VB Ndlovu, IFP spokesperson on Police.
Mcbride was fired as Erkhuruleni police chief
in 2008 and his appointment does not bode well for the security
cluster as this is payback by the ANC.
Ndlovu also stated that "McBride's
qualifications are not much of an issue, but his lack of any
legal background, while he has to deal with people who know the
law, will compromise him. All his predecessors had some
knowledge and experience in the practice of law and we needed
someone with a basic understanding to be appointed.
The police will end up investigating him
instead of him investigating the police. The minister should
mark my words: no case that McBride investigates will stand. The
minister should also count how many IPID cases will be
successful in any court of law after McBride takes over"
IFP Spokesperson on Police Mr VB Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
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