Bombing led to prominence
Robert McBride rose to prominence in 1986 when he was arrested for the car bombing outside the Why Not Bar and Magoo's Bar in Durban.
McBride was subsequently sentenced to death for the attack in which three people died and 71 were injured. But he was later released after a deal between the ANC and the then governing National Party.
In 1998 McBride was arrested in Mozambique for alleged gun running and espionage. Charges against him were dropped.
He was appointed as the chief of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police in 2003.