On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that that the struggle hero and respected former IPID chief, Robert McBride, has been appointed as South Africa’s top foreign spy.
Given the level of respect that Mr McBride has built over the years, it comes as no surprise that his appointment was welcomed by all political parties
The position had been vacant for the past four years but with the growing threat of foreign interference in our economy and politics, it became imperative to appoint the best person for the job.
His immediate task will be to rebuild the spy agency’s foreign structures by implementing the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on the State Security Agency.
In his previous positions as the boss of IPID and the former police chief of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan police, his commitment to fighting corruption had often seen him be the target of smear campaigns.
He had however, always fought back and managed to rise above the corrupt.
Appointed as the Director of the Foreign Branch of the State Security Agency, he will take up the position for three years, from July 1 until June 30, 2023.