Robert McBride, head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was granted R10,000 bail on Wednesday when he briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on a charge of contravening provisions of the Children’s Act.
An assault claim against him was reportedly laid by his 15-year-old teen daughter, who alleged that he tried to strangle her on Sunday night.
The girl claimed that the assault was not the first, as her father beats her all the time.
“It happens all the time. From the time I started living with him, almost every night, every second night… whenever he’s got a chance to argue with me or fight with me, he would end up hitting me, and not just like hiding… throwing me against things or banging my head into things or whatever,” she said.
The minor, whose name is still unknown, asserted that she opened the assault case because she wants her father to pay for his crimes.
“I don’t want it to be swept under the carpet because of who he is or because people are too scared to speak out against him because he’s powerful,” she added.
Baffled by his daughter’s decision to open an assault case, McBride promptly released a statement, denying that he assaulted her on August 19.
During court proceedings, the state and defence reportedly agreed to grant the Ipid head bail, with condition that he should not contact any witnesses. The matter was later postponed to 2 October.
Meanwhile, IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini said Mr Robert McBride would like the trial to start as soon as possible so that he can clear his name.