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By unknown | Dec 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

The doctor who allegedly gave a false report on the state of sobriety of the Ekurhuleni metro chief Robert McBride after a car accident has gone into hiding.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Dr Joseph Moratioa after he failed to appear in court last week to face charges of defeating the ends of justice.

Police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini confirmed yesterday that the whereabouts of Moratioa were unknown.

"We cant find him. The investigating officer has said that as soon as they arrest him he would tell me," Dlamini said.

Sowetan has reliably learnt that McBride's lawyer Roshan Dehal is now also Moratioa's legal representative.

Dehal could not be reached for comment yesterday and messages left on his phone were not returned.

A deal had been struck between Moratioa and the state that he would appear in court to face charges of defeating the ends of justice.

He is alleged to have submitted a medical report stating that McBride was not under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his luxury car in December last year.

McBride has been in a bitter spat with three officers who arrived first at the scene of his accident.

The officers, who have since been suspended, are now facing an internal disciplinary hearing.

Two of them have now resigned.

Stanley Segathevan, Patrick Johnston and Itumeleng Koko were suspended earlier this year after turning state witness in the drunken driving trial of McBride.

The three were the first to arrive at the scene of their boss's accident.

At the time they were said to be on McBride's side.

Soon afterwards they were suspended for allegedly being involved in criminal activities.

These included armed robbery, selling stolen goods, driving stolen vehicles and having links with cash-heist gangs.

In the ensuing spat they approached the Johannesburg High Court for a restriction order against McBride and five other senior officers whom they accused of harassment, intimidation and threats.

In a resignation letter addressed to city manager Patrick Flusk, one of the officers cited victimisation as his reason for leaving the force.

"The disciplinary hearing against me is a kangaroo court and smacks of victimisation. The number of charges alone are unheard of in the entire country and are baseless, fabricated and devoid of any truth," wrote the officer.


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