McBride challenge resumes

2009-08-04 12:43
Johannesburg - Axed Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride's challenge against his dismissal will resume before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Thursday.

"The CCMA case is still proceeding. We resume on Thursday and Friday and we are more than likely to win," McBride told Sapa.

He was responding to speculation in the media on the appointment of his successor.

The Sowetan newspaper named former Tshwane metro police chief Hlula Msimang and Gregory Thulari, chairperson of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, as possible successors to McBride.

No comment

Prince Hamnca, spokesperson for Ekurhuleni mayor Ntombi Mekgwe, said he could not comment on the report.

"I can't comment on speculation," Hamnca said.

"The appointment will be soon. It will happen in the next few weeks," he added.

McBride was fired in September last year, more than two months before his contract expired and with his drunken driving trial still underway.

McBride was put on special leave in July 2007 after being charged with drunken driving, defeating the ends of justice and fraud after he crashed his metro car in December 2006.

The council said it would still pay his legal fees and salary until his contract expired at the end of November.

However, McBride challenged his dismissal.

Postponement

He said the hearing this week could be another postponement.

"The people representing [Ekurhuleni] have been trying to delay this matter on every occasion. There have been postponements and postponements," said McBride.

McBride's career, first as political activist and later as law enforcement official, has made news headlines repeatedly, starting with his detention in 1998 by Mozambican authorities on gun running charges.

His drunken driving case is scheduled to resume on October 19.

- SAPA

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