PRETORIA – The head of IPID, Robert McBride is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting his daughter three months ago.
McBride was charged with child abuse with an alternative charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
IPID released a statement soon after the alleged assault was reported on August 20, in which McBride said that he wanted the trial to start as soon as possible so that he could clear his name.
On August 30, McBride was granted R10 000 bail on the condition that he does not contact any of the witnesses. The State did not oppose bail.
The charges that McBride faces relate to an incident that is alleged to have taken place as he and his daughter were driving in a car. McBride claims he had merely admonished his daughter on the day of the incident.
McBride claims the case was opened by a woman who had unsuccessfully asked him to quash a traffic fine. “I admit that I admonished one of my daughters, whom I love very much,” McBride said.
He says he became concerned with his daughter’s school marks and rebellious behaviour and had admonished her, but he never assaulted her. “I am not at all surprised by the allegations against me.” McBride said.