Apartheid-era bomber nominated for senior police position in South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa – The South African Cabinet has sparked a national outcry by recommending that former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride be appointed head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The nomination was announced by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who confirmed that McBride was the successful candidate following the short-listing and interviewing processes.

The former liberation hero bombed two restaurants in Durban in 1986 in which three women were killed and 69 people injured.

He was captured and convicted for the Durban bombing, and sentenced to death, but later reprieved while on death row.

In 1992, he was released after his actions were classified as politically motivated.

He was later granted amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

PANA reports that McBride was recently sacked as police chief after being convicted on drunk driving charges, but he successfully appealed his conviction.

Opposition parties have voiced outrage at his nomination.

The official opposition Democratic Alliance said it would vehemently oppose his appointment in Parliament while lobby group AfriForum said Mthethwa should resign for nominating McBride.

The recommendation will be considered by the Police Committee on 28 Jan. 2014.