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By unknown | May 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

The decision to call back Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride has been withdrawn.

City manager Patrick Flusk called up McBride, who is on a leave of absence, and other officers who are on leave to assist in quelling xenophobic attacks in Gauteng.

McBride operated since Monday, but visibly only on Tuesday when he went to the Ramaphosa informal settlement near Reiger Park.

Following McBride's appearance on Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance complained and questioned his temporary reinstatement.

He is currently on special leave of absence pending the outcome of the ongoing criminal court cases against him. Three people were injured when a team of officers led by McBride fired rubber bullets in the area.

Ekurhuleni mayor Duma Nkosi said yesterday that the decision to call back McBride was withdrawn because the conditions of his leave of absence were not clear. It also caused tension within the community.

"It is not clear whether or not he can be called back if we are faced with serious challenges," he said.


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