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Charges pressed against McBride

By unknown | Jul 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza and Thembela Khamango

Kingdom Mabuza and Thembela Khamango

Robert McBride's bid to nail two officers who will to testify against him could add to his troubles.

A lawyer representing them said they were even more determined to press charges of abuse of power against the Ekurhuleni Metro police chief.

Sources also confirmed that the two officers will now sue McBride and his department after their dramatic arrest on Wednesday.

The officers, Patrick Johnstone and Stanley Segathevan, were suspended last month after turning against McBride by saying that his version of his car crash in Pretoria in December was not true.

The officers allegedly spirited McBride away from the scene of the crash amid claims of a cover-up and that he was not sober. Following their about-turn, the trio, which included Itumeleng Koko, were suspended for entering the Metro head office without authorisation.

On Wednesday the officers were arrested by Roelof Schoeman, a Metro police officer, for driving a car with tinted windows.

According to Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago of Ekurhuleni Metro police, the two officers were aggressive towards Schoeman when he pulled them over.

"After the driver had been on the phone, people, some of whom identified themselves as SAPS members, came out of the blue. They swarmed, snarled, abused and obstructed Schoeman from carrying out his duties," he said.

"Schoeman called for back-up and the two officers were arrested."

But the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) yesterday threw out the case against the officers.

NPA spokesman Panyaza Lesufi told Sowetan yesterday that there were inconsistencies on the charge sheet.

"After checking all the facts related to this matter, the prosecutor decided that there was no case," Lesufi said.

South African Municipal Workers Union spokesman Koena Ramotlou said the two officers would give evidence against McBride at a commission of inquiry into abuse of power and corruption.

"We hope that their arrest has nothing to do with the fact that they are witnesses against McBride," he said.


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