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NPA still deciding if it will charge 'drunk' cop boss

By unknown | Jul 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Controversial Metro police chief Robert McBride is free - for now.

Though damning drunk driving claims have been reportedly made against him by three of his officers, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is unsure if it can win the case at this stage.

And the Ekurhuleni metro council is still firmly behind their police chief, despite the claims.

"We are waiting for an investigation to be completed before we can decide whether we have a winnable case or not," said NPA spokesman Panyaza Lesufi yesterday.

"We encourage all parties with information to approach the police."

The officers - Stanley Segathevan, Patrick Johnston and Itumeleng Koko - have alleged in affidavits that McBride was drunk when he crashed his vehicle on the highway in Centurion, Pretoria, on December 21.

They claim in new affidavits that he had finished a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky at an end-of-the-year party near Hartbeespoort Dam.

But deputy city manager Mkhabela Sibeko made a point of reminding Sowetan yesterday that the three officers earlier made a statement under oath that he was sober as a judge and nothing untoward had happened.

"They assured the mayor, Duma Nkosi, and myself that McBride was sober prior and during the accident.

"They collaborated their story with copies of statements they made under oath," he said.

Sibeko said it was after the Metro police started investigating the three officers for their attempt to gain access to the head office without authorisation, falsifying qualifications and not disclosing a criminal record of one of them that they started making the allegations.

"They have lost credibility as witnesses and it is unfortunate that the name of the council gets involved in their lies. When they made the initial statements they were not under duress," Sibeko said.

He said the council would wait for the NPA's decision before they decided on their next action.


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