Robert McBride. File photo: INLSA

PRETORIA - Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has made a u-turn and abandoned his initial plan to make representations as to why he should not be prosecuted for child abuse.

McBride appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate's court on Tuesday where he has been charged with child abuse and an alternative charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after allegedly assaulting one of his daughters in August.

Magistrate Ignatius du Preez transferred the matter to the regional court where McBride will stand trial.

One of McBride's daughters is expected to be a defence witness during the trial.

The court heard that she has already submitted her statement.

In November, McBride's bail conditions were amended so that he could see and speak to one his daughters, who will be testifying.

He was previously released on bail of R10,000, on the condition that he did not contact any of the witnesses, which included the daughter he allegedly assaulted and the younger daughter, who he is now able to see.

The charges are related to an incident that allegedly took place while McBride and one of his daughters were driving in a car.

His teenage daughter claimed he beat and strangled her.

According to reports, she said that the alleged assault was not an isolated incident and it "happened all the time".

However, McBride has denied the allegations

"I admit that I admonished one of my daughters, whom I love very much," said McBride.

He explained that he had become concerned about his daughter's school marks and "somewhat rebellious" behaviour, and had admonished her, but never assaulted her.

The matter has been postponed to March 20.

African News Agency/ANA