Bid to recover McBride legal fees

2013-04-06 14:34

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni municipality has hired a firm of attorneys to recoup at least R7.8m it paid for former metro police chief Robert McBride's legal fees, the Saturday Star reported.

City spokesperson Samuel Modiba could not say who the money would be recouped from, but that an investigation was under way.

Modiba said the council was authorised to provide legal assistance to employees in accordance with certain Acts but it was limited to R10 000.

'Irregular' billing

In 2009, the municipality accused McBride's attorneys of overcharging them.

The municipality then hired a legal costs consultant to examine the account. The consultant found the billing was "irregular" and the council was overcharged.

Before this, the Independent Ratepayers Association (Irasa) served summons on 100 Ekurhuleni councillors who had voted in favour of paying McBride's legal bills.

At the time, Izak Berg, Irasa chairperson said the legal action would see McBride pay the entire bill whether he was found guilty or not.

If his assets did not cover this, the city manager would be liable and if the city manager's personal assets did not cover the debt, the 100 councillors who approved the release of the money would have to pay for it, the publication reported.

Last week, McBride won his appeal against a conviction of drunken driving and attempting to obstruct justice.

In 2011, McBride was sentenced to a five-year prison term by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.


  • Jackie Dee - 2013-04-06 14:38

    Burn in hell bomb planter

      Shirley Stee - 2013-04-06 14:55

      Agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mfaniseni Thusi - 2013-04-06 16:32

      He should not burn, who was burnt in hell for killing children in 1976 and massacring people in Sharpville? All what he needs is to reimburse the municipality. It's amazing how we conveniently remember certain incidents and forget others.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-04-06 16:50

      You right Mfa. Do you remember St James church massacre? Stop trying to excuse McBride.

      Donald Rohland - 2013-04-06 23:34

      I do not think that even HELL would want this Lowlife as he would lower its entrance level further There is always sadly a long waiting list but his qualifications would jeopordise Satans position as bossman

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-04-06 23:58

      Karma will get him !

      Jackie Dee - 2013-04-07 08:48

      Mfa, dont forget your Mandela killed innocent white women and children, stop making us white to be the baddies, and your current government cause the Marikana murders, your government, your race

  • Jenny Nel - 2013-04-06 14:54

    WTF?? Why are we paying for this drunken criminal's legal fees? He got off because he is politically connected and that is common knowledge. Not ONE crooked anc cadre has been held accountable for their lies and theft. Zuma is the worst of the whole rotten lot. We are so screwed.

      Benjamin Moody - 2013-04-06 16:03

      Exactly, he would never have escaped justice if access to the public purse had been rightly denied him! What a despicable character. I hope he gets taught a serious lesson one day.

      Joe Smit - 2013-04-06 16:48

      @ProfAndyZuly. The same was said about JuJu. But McBride didn't bite the hands that feed him, so they look after him. He obviously looked after his own, that's why 100 voted in favor of supporting him.

      Gavin Long - 2013-04-06 23:08

      Fully agree with Jenny - this man has always been a criminal, we simply need a justice system with the balls to act against those that are politically connected. Hope he gets what he deserves eventually - its long overdue.

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-04-06 14:55

    Another case where the legal system has failed and the tax payers must pay for a damned terrorist! I hope they take EVERYTHING he owns and he is left with NADA!

  • NickvanGraan - 2013-04-06 16:06

    R7.8m in "legal fees" for a drunken driving case? other numbers bandied about were in the region of R11m There seems to be little difference between corrupt thieving tentrepreneurs and these lawyers. It would have been far cheaper for McBride to just plead guilty. The implementation of drunk driving laws are pretty slack anyway, he would probably have got a light fine. Dog eat dog. Or in this case, vulture eat dog.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-04-06 19:49

      They paid 7.8 Million for his defense. That is "slightly" more than the R 10 000 limit, I'd say! They have as much chance recovering it than recovering legal fees from Jackie Selebi.

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-04-06 16:31

    Every thing about this murderer ,is the word DECEIT!!!!!

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-04-06 17:11

    Our justice system is a joke.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-04-06 18:16

    What now, for this 'convicted criminal' ?(2011 five year prison term). Perhaps a High profile Government Post? Come now Robbie. Get your CV to-gether and see how many job offers you will receive outside of Government Departments.. I would bet ZERO.....

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2013-04-06 20:12

      Have they found a replacement for Menzi Simelane yet? Maybe Robert has aspirations of that position!

  • MJ - 2013-04-06 18:29

    When is the McBride circus ever going to end? Everything about this clown has been 'irregular'. Time and time again he leaves a trail of blood, alcohol, lies, and 'irregularities'... Yet he keeps getting away with it; how and why exactly? A 'normal' (read: politically unconnected) South African citizen would have been rotting in jail a long time ago if they pulled half of the nonsense McBride gets up to. He is NOT a hero. No murdering, dishonest, alcoholic, bullying coward that takes advantage of others ever could be regarded as a 'hero'. The man has no conscience, and he will lose no sleep knowing that millions that could have been used for the benefit of society, has been squandered on him. Scum.

      Joe Smit - 2013-04-06 19:50

      @MJ certainly a very comprehensive description for the word "prick"

  • Bra N'Darkie - 2013-04-06 19:52

    TRC my foot ppl r still angry.

  • Fred Steyn - 2013-04-06 20:45

    From terroris and murderer to Police Chief. Only in Africa. No wonder the rest of the word laugh at Africa

      Jackie Dee - 2013-04-07 08:50

      Crime does pay in SA

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-06 21:17

    Just another corrupt crony comrade. Part of the same thieving bunch of hyena cANCer top structcha.

  • John Ferreira - 2013-04-07 08:12

    It does not matter what anyone says, as long as our borders are open for all and sundry and the asylum seekers cross it as if they are out on a Sunday stroll the Cancer will run this country. What is needed is all people regardless of colour or race must come together and topple this corrupt anc led Government, even if it means a military coup. If it can happen in the rest of the world then it can happen here as well. Are you, the law abiding ctizen, not fed up with the present state of this country?

  • Enlightened Bowman - 2013-04-07 11:00

    I feel the public is entitled to vies a full transcript of the court case to establish exactly what prompted them to find this murdering, lying, connniving bastard innocent.

  • John Ferreira - 2013-04-07 15:10

    Man gee my net 10 minute met die ou in 'n vertrek met net 'n deur vir toegang dan wys ek hom hoe dit voel om aan die ontvang kant te wees van 'n ontploffing.

  • Trefor Williams - 2013-11-12 14:33

    Murderer!!! and the anc cadres want a head of apolice unit, Discusting, What elsr can we expect from the anc kamas ministers.

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