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'I'm a victim of a hate campaign'

By unknown | Jul 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ido Lekota

Ido Lekota

Controversy-dogged Ekurhuleni Metro Chief Robert McBride believes he is a victim of a campaign by "a certain section of South African society" who have not forgiven him for the role he played as an Umkhonto we Sizwe cadre.

In 1986 McBride planted a bomb in a bar in Durban which was frequented by members of the then South African Defence Force. Civilians were killed and he was sentenced to death.

In 1992 he was granted amnesty at the TRC after making a full disclosure of acts of politically motivated violence.

"Since my release an environment was created around me with the assistance of the media. This is because I represented that side of the struggle that we sang about but nobody wanted to execute. We were all in a war but we were not allowed to kill," said McBride - in an interview with Sowetan yesterday.

McBride believes he is being victimised because he was "part of one of the most successful MK units that played a role in defending the communities against . the apartheid security forces" in the 1990s.

"Three weeks after my prison release I was on the ground in the East Rand helping the community establish self-defence units.

"If I defend my community and they call me violent then it is okay."


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