McBride appointed head of State Security Agency Foreign Branch

By: Collen T Ndobo

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed former Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) executive director Robert McBride as the new Director for the Foreign Branch of the State Security Agency.

According to a statement released by the State Security Ministry on Thursday, 16 July 2020, President Ramaphosa approved the appointment of McBride as the Director for the Foreign Branch of the State Security Agency. McBride has been appointed for a period of three years, from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023.

“The appointment of McBride will serve to bring organizational stability at the agency. The work to implement the recommendations of the High Level Panel on the State Security Agency is proceeding steadily and this appointment is one of the critical steps towards the journey to rebuild the agency,” Minister of State Security, Ayanda Dlodlo said

She added that a former chief of the Metropolitan Police for Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality and later Executive Director of IPID brings a wealth of experience in the security services. Dlodlo welcomed the appointment and wished him well for his tenure in the agency and expressed her sincere thanks to the President for filling the position, which has been vacant for close to four years. Joyce Mashele had been acting in the position McBride will be taking over.

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