McBride CCMA case continues

2009-09-08 13:02

DISMISSED Ekurhuleni Metro police chief Robert McBride’s bid to get

his job back continued at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and

Arbitration in the Johannesburg CBD today.

McBride was in a jocular mood as he waited for lawyers to finish

making extra copies of the documents to be handed in to the senior commissioner

Rob Mudau, who is adjudicating the matter.

He chose not to comment on the appointment of Hlula Msimang, who

has since replaced him, as announced by Gauteng’s Local Government and Housing

MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro yesterday at a general press briefing; although the metro

is unwilling to confirm the appointment.

The friendly atmosphere ended abruptly when the hearing began with

the metro’s lawyer Kennedy Tsatsawane cross-examining McBride over official

correspondence that may or may not support his contention that there was an oral

agreement to have his contract extended.

McBride said there was an expectation that his contract would be

extended until his criminal trial was concluded, in a similar vein to former

police commissioner Jackie Selebi’s contract extension.

His five-year contract was to expire. He is arguing this was unfair

and in violation of a collective agreement he had.

The criminal trial relates to an accident he had in Centurion,

south of Pretoria, for which he now faces a drunk driving charge.

During the cross-examination it was heard that former metro mayor

Duma Nkosi released a press statement saying the council would support McBride

while the matter was being resolved. But McBride alleged political interference

by the new mayor Ntombi Mekgwe in the matter.

 

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