Ekurhuleni suspended Metro Chief Robert McBride's lawyer could lose his licence if he is found to have acted in conflict of interests when he prosecuted three metro officers who are state witnesses in McBride's criminal case.
Lawyer Roshan Dehal was recently appointed by Ekurhuleni council to prosecute in an internal hearing of the suspended officers who are facing more than 7000 charges. Stanley Sagathevan, Patrick Johnson and Itumeleng Koko have turned state witnesses in the criminal case against McBride who has been charged with drunken driving, defeating the ends of justice and fraud.
The charges emanate from a car accident in December last year when McBride crashed his luxury car. After initially making statements saying that McBride was sober when he crashed his car, the three officers made an about-turn, saying they had been forced to make the affidavits.
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, Praveen Sham, said Dehal could be investigated if a complaint was lodged. He said Dehal could be charged with unprofessional conduct, and if found guilty, he could be reprimanded, fined or have his licence revoked. "It's a possibility that he could lose his licence. I was not aware that he was acting in that capacity (prosecutor of three officers) until you told me." Dehal himself has denied that there would be a conflict of interest if he prosecuted in the internal process and then defended McBride in his case.