McBride gets the boot

2008-09-26 07:43

Johannesburg - Robert McBride, controversial head of the Ekurhuleni metro police, was dismissed on Thursday evening.

Ekurhuleni Metro Council Executive Mayor Ntombi Mekgwe said the council had decided on Thursday to end McBride's contract with immediate effect. This meant he would be unemployed from Friday.

Former mayor Duma Nkosi put McBride on compulsory leave in July last year after he was charged with drunken driving and obstruction of justice. He crashed his official car in December 2006, after attending an Ekurhuleni metro police year-end function.

The hearing into the incident is presently taking place in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Five-year contract

McBride's five-year contract would have expired at the end of November. However, Mekgwe said the council had decided to rather terminate the contract now, as McBride was on paid leave anyway.

"We could have made our decision at the end of November, but decided to rather do it now." She declined to elaborate on the council's reasons for doing so.

The rest of his contract will be paid out.

Mekgwe said the council would honour its commitment to pay the legal costs it had undertaken to pay, but if any new legal costs were incurred in any of his cases, McBride would be liable for those himself.

She said Mkhabela Sibeko, acting head of metro police, would continue in that capacity until Patrick Flusk, city manager, decided who should be appointed.

At 20:00 on Thursday night, McBride told Beeld that he had not been informed of the decision, and did not want to comment.

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