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Opposition to McBride's appointment smacks of racial arrogance - MKMVA

Kebby Maphatsoe says nominee for IPID head has no criminal record and is appropriately qualified

MKMVA STATEMENT ON THE SPURIOUS OBJECTIONS BY THE OPPOSITION ON THE CABINET RECCOMMENDATION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF ROBERT McBRIDE AS THE HEAD OF IPID

uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association would like to reject with scorn the unconstitutional objections of the opposition, and its civil society grouping, to the cabinet recommendation for the appointment of Robert McBride as the head of Independent Police Investigation Directorate. The objections that are raised by those opposed to his appointment, smack of racial arrogance and vindictiveness.

Cde Robert McBride was sentenced to death by the apartheid court for his actions as a soldier of MK, in a just war against an unjust apartheid regime, which upheld the apartheid system, which was declared a crime against humanity. He was released in 1992, through negotiations that led to the democratization of our country.

Since then, his name has been dragged into negative headlines of the South African media, in what seems to have been an orchestrated ploy to vilify him at every hop and turn. It is now clear that this strategy of vilification was a deliberate attempt to harm his personality and destroy his credibility.

The urge for racial vengeance by the white opposition, its civil society grouping made of former apartheid security agencies officials and intellectuals, seems to be behind this frenzy of unconstitutional objections. It is clear that contrary to the spirit of reconciliation and the upholding of the rule of law in our society, these groupings stand to betray the spirit of the Constitution of the Republic, through their racist posture.

Comrade Robert McBride has no criminal record to his name, and is appropriately qualified for the position. This was also echoed by his former lecturer, General Johan Burger who himself is a former apartheid police official. However, he unethically made utterances as his former lecturer that exposes not only his prejudices, but tells of a conspiracy to besmirch the name of Robert McBride.

Just like the white political parties and a handful of confused black parliamentary opposition, they make baseless charges to cast aspersion on the integrity of Cde McBride. Some are so reckless and libelous such that they can actually form the basis for criminal charges.

MKMVA stands by Cde Robert McBride, and we pledge to support him in his constitutional right to be appointed as head of IPID.

Statement issued by Kebby Maphatsoe, Chairperson MKMVA, November 15 2013

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