McBride's wife denies false sick note

2011-02-24 21:27

Pretoria - The wife of former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride denied in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday that a fake medical certificate was sought from a Mabopane doctor the night of his alleged drunken driving accident.

This was contrary to evidence presented by three of McBride’s former colleagues who have turned State witness.

Stanley Sagathevan, Patrick Johnson and Itumeleng Koko told the court they met at McBride's house where they were instructed to get a fake certificate.

This letter was allegedly obtained from Dr Joseph Moratioa, who is now deceased.

"You were present when that happened?" State prosecutor Guido Penzhorn asked Elizabeth McBride, who answered: "No."

She said only Sagathevan was at her home on the night of the crash on December 21 2006.

"Dr Moratioa examined my husband. I didn’t want a medical certificate from him, I wanted to know that my husband was okay; that he wouldn’t die," she testified.

She said a medical note was obtained from a Dr George Davis, who attended to McBride six days later at the Little Company of Mary hospital in Pretoria.


He was taken there later after complaining of headaches which ran down his neck.

Asked if two medical certificates were issued, McBride said the one from Davis was the only one she was aware of.

"There is no engineering behind the note," she said.

Moratioa apparently claimed that he examined McBride on the night of the accident.

According to his medical certificate, McBride was "sweaty", "disorientated" and had low blood pressure, but there was "no proof of alcohol consumption".

Moratioa had faced charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice due to the alleged falsification of a medical certificate which was believed to have been issued to McBride without a medical examination.

McBride told the court that on the night of the crash she received three phone calls from her husband, who she said was "confused" at the time, informing her of the accident but saying he was still coming home.

They had had a date and she was home waiting for him to come back from the Ekurhuleni metro police department's Christmas party, which he had been attending.

"I started worrying when he kept on calling to tell me he was in an accident. Then I started to worry that something was going on. He was confused."

She testified that Segathevan brought her husband home. He was conscious. Segathevan gave her a note from a doctor about tests she needed to do on her husband to ensure he did not slip into a coma.

"Stanley (Segathevan) didn’t know what had happened, neither did Robert," she said.


Her husband was bleeding from the side of his head and his back.

McBride told the court that although she suggested her husband go to hospital, he did not want to because he did not want to be in the public eye.

Instead, he went to the home of Dr Gomolemo Mokae, the author of his biography and a medical doctor he knew and trusted. Mokae had refused to examine him at his home.

McBride then went to Moratioa’s surgery where he was examined.

"His results for diabetes were low. We gave him something to eat before we went home," said his wife.

She said a medical certificate was obtained from Davis after the then Ekurhuleni mayor requested it.

McBride faces charges of fraud, defeating the ends of justice and drunk driving.


Most witnesses have testified that McBride was drunk because he slurred his words, had difficulty walking and smelled of alcohol.

Supporting a medical expert’s testimony that suggested that McBride's breath smelled odd as a result ketosis, his wife said he did occasionally have a "potent chemical smell".

"It’s like you open a bottle of vodka. I got used to it over the years. There are problems generally linked to it. It meant he needed something to eat," she told the court.

The medical expert, Professor Antoine van Gelder testified earlier that, on the night the crash, and probably even days earlier, McBride suffered from hypoglycaemia, a condition caused by incorrect diabetes medication.

  • Weeg - 2011-02-24 21:32

    Did he died?

      Freakfloyd - 2011-02-24 21:44

      Weeg, write in a languagage you know, especially the tenses ---did he die?

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-24 22:48

      Languagage!! Sounds like Italian pasta dish. lol

      FatBoySlim - 2011-02-25 05:50

      Lol, gotta love the authors notes which it appears they did not remove, please tell me "Headaches" and "Smells" are not headings in this article

      Alwyn - 2011-02-25 08:10

      We would be so lucky

      Valis - 2011-02-25 09:03

      @Freakfloyd: It's an internet meme, you ignoramus.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-24 22:27

    Yeah, you get confused and disorientated after a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-24 22:37

    "It’s like you open a bottle of vodka".?? Lady only vodka smells like vodka!! "I got used to it over the years".?? Yeh right, sounds like he's a pisshead and you are in denial. Anyway jokes aside, this dude is one bad ass muthafka! He parked a car bomb outside Magoo's nite club in Durban, a place a I myself frequented on weekends and where innocent people drinking with friends on a Friday night were blown apart thanks to Mr McBride. The worst thing is, all this bullsht will probably get him off the hook because he's 'EHYENSI' But seriously though! The world could do without the likes of this lying soulless murderer.

      helmut.smrz - 2012-09-24 15:42

      He das not smell he stinks

  • burtfred - 2011-02-24 23:09

    WE should have hanged the bastard when we had the chance.

      wide awake - 2011-04-14 21:15

      Should have handed him over to the families of the innocent girls he murdered.

  • asiseeit - 2011-02-25 03:24

    The Devils waiting for him.......I wouldn't want to be in his shoes.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-02-25 05:45

    Scumbag, thieving scumbag.

      Kay Gee - 2011-02-25 11:54

      she's the wife, what do you expect....

  • Adrian - 2011-02-25 07:17

    I'm a diabetic. There's no way that the smell of ketosis on the breath can be mistaken for alcohol. Also, if he had a drink or more at the party he could not possibly have gone into "hypo". Alcohol has a high sugar content and, if anything, his blood glucose level should have been high, not low. The level of disorientation he is suggesting would require extremely low blood glucose, which is unlikely in one who has been at a party where he ate and drank. Get medical opinion from an endocrinologist not from ordinary GP's or physicians. The average GP has only had about 2 hours of lectures on diabetes in his life and the condition is complicated. All these claims about dioabetic "hypo" is a lot of bull.

      princess.arlene - 2011-02-25 07:42

      Agreed. Ketosis smells like apples, not like hooch of any kind. Mrs McB is hanging on for dear life because if her bedpartner (with or without 'chemical smells') leaves the picture she might actually have to go and get a job. It's surprising what some women will marry to avoid having to go and work.

  • paul.duplessis - 2011-02-25 07:36

    Here in our neck of the woods I've heard people call him Robber McBribe...

  • carl.carli - 2011-02-25 07:48

    Hahahaha I can't stop laughing at the comment about :"potent chemical smell". "It’s like you open a bottle of vodka. I got used to it over the years. There are problems generally linked to it. It meant he needed something to eat,". This is the funniest...You basically trying to tell everyone he did not drink but yet his breath smells like "VODKA", I mean seriously now... "There are generally problems linked to it" - YES IT CAUSES DRUNKEN DRIVING, DISORIENTATION, HEADACHES, etc etc... How are we suppose to take her seriously??

  • gekko - 2011-02-25 07:54

    Just get it over with and promote him to Minister of Health.

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-25 08:10

    Of course his wife will lie to protect him ,I would also get pissed everytime my concience gets the better of me,,,Remembering Magoo,s bar and the night it was cowardly blown up killing innocent people

  • Deon - 2011-02-25 08:10

    Nearly 5 years & still going !! Talk about delay tactics to make it "dissapear"

  • bosegoos - 2011-02-25 09:28

    Judging the amount of irrelavent evidence adduced by McBride's legal team, you can infer that the taxpayer is paying for this circus. Like the old (dare I say) possibly senile professor, Mrs McBride's testimony is totally irrelevant.

  • Felix - 2011-02-25 09:32

    "He was taken there later after complaining of headaches which ran down his neck." Baballasssss :)

  • Paul - 2011-02-25 10:25

    If this court case carries on for much longer there wont be anybody left to testify. They would all have died of old age! Strange how some court cases are resolved in a month or so, yet this one grags on for 5 years. Wonder who is footing the bills?

  • Janine - 2011-02-25 10:31

    As far as I know, ketosis breath smells like acetone not alcohol.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-25 10:50

    Of course the man has a frikkin chemical 'smell' - he is f@rkin ROTTEN from the inside out......Sulphur STINKS.

  • tut - 2011-02-25 13:36

    The potent chemical smell will linger on his foul breath until the day this sewer rat dies. The post explosion sulphur, glycerine and burnt flesh that hung in the Magoos air that night is the reason for the foul odour and for sure this retired terrorist will meet the victims face to face one day!

  • frankm - 2011-09-08 15:00

    I wonder if he will get to play golf with old Shaik

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