McBride to head SA’s foreign security branch abroad

Robert McBride, former head of the police watchdog body Ipid, has been appointed director the State Security Agency’s foreign branch. The position means he will direct SA’s intelligence gathering outside the country’s borders. His appointment to head SA’s foreign intelligence also comes about a year after his term as head[…]

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UN Human Rights Office highlights ‘toxic lockdown culture’ in SA

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office says South Africa has created a “toxic lockdown culture” through heavy-handed and aggressive implementation by law enforcement. On Monday, Georgette Gagnon, director of field operations and technical cooperation for the UN Human Rights Office, highlighted a “highly militarised” law enforcement response to Covid-19[…]

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Police Ministry fails to appoint IPID head within one year

The Ministry of Police is in contravention of legislation as it will not fill the vacant position of the Executive Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) within one year of the vacancy arising. Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale told the Portfolio Committee on Police on Wednesday that they[…]

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KILLING THE FILES: IPID’s cover-up of police brutality in SA

Torture, rape, killings, assault – South Africans lodged 42,365 criminal complaints against the police between April 2012 and March 2019. Viewfinder’s debut investigation exposes how underfunding, State Capture and statistical manipulation at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) failed the victims and helped violent criminals in the police service escape[…]

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Those aggrieved by my decisions can challenge them in court: Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has noted the decision by former Independent Police Investigative Directorate head, Robert McBride to take her report on review where she found the appointment of Theresa Botha as a deputy director to be irregular. Mkhwebane also found McBride guilty of unethical conduct. McBride is among the 18 candidates who have[…]

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SAPS runs on a patronage system: McBride

Former Ipid head, Robert McBride, has detailed a system of patronage in the police service. He’s told the State Capture Inquiry that staff are promoted so they can please their seniors. McBride says unless patronage is dealt with, the exploitation of the police will continue unabated. “They have the willingness,[…]

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