Former IPID head Robert McBride took the stand at the Zondo Commission and is expected to implicate Zondo’s brother of unethical conduct at IPID.
Former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBride took the stand at the Zondo Commission of inquiry on Thursday, 11 April 2019, and his testimony is expected to spill into Friday, 12 April 2019. This after McBride’s appearance before the commission was postponed twice due to the commission’s legal team’s failure to notify individuals who were to be implicated in McBride’s testimony.
McBride’s appearance before the commission has arisen a conflict of interest, as he is expected to make allegations against Zondo’s brother, Advocate Mxolisi Zondo. In his statement, McBride alleged that advocate Zondo presided over a disciplinary hearing of an IPID employee, whom he alleged was unlawfully fired.
Although this might be an apparent conflict of interest, which has risen questions of a recusal from Judge Zondo, evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius said that the nature of the evidence given by McBride against Zondo’s brother is relatively insignificant and a matter of opinion.
“The nature of the evidence to be given by Mr McBride is an opinion. Those facts can be tested, and conclusions can be drawn. The second is that the proportion of that evidence to the evidence of Mr McBride as a whole is miniscule, it’s not something that is essential to the points the Mr McBride wishes to make before you,” Pretorius said.
Judge Zondo said he would hear the evidence before deciding on a way forward, which might include not considering the evidence altogether. As McBride’s testimony continues, he is expected to detail his efforts to capture IPID while he was suspended for over a year. It is expected that he will also implicate former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and African National Congress (ANC) head of elections Fikile Mbalula in their efforts of allegedly abusing state resources for political ends.