McBride had 'power' over witness cops

2010-11-26 22:42

Pretoria - Former Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) chief Robert McBride had the final say on whether three officers who became state witnesses in his trial would face disciplinary proceedings, the Pretoria Magistrates' Court was told on Friday.

Former EMPD deputy police chief Ashok Kumar Boodhoo told the court under cross-examination that his former boss had the final say within the department on whether disciplinary action was pursued against metro police officers before the complaints were handed to the municipality's internal complaints division.

The court was told that officers Stanley Sagathevan, Patrick Johnson and Itumeleng Koko were subjected to disciplinary action in May 2007, some five months after McBride’s accident on the R511 near Hartbeespoort Dam on December 21 2006.

Asked by prosecutor Petronel du Plessis who would have the final say in the EMPD on whether officers were disciplined, Boodhoo said: "The chief of police makes the decision on discipline."

McBride, who was sacked as EMPD police chief in September 2008, could be seen in the dock shaking his head in disagreement.

McBride faces charges of fraud, defeating the ends of justice and drunken driving, and has blamed his accident after a work-related function on his diabetes medication.

Sagathevan, Johnson and Koko were employed by the EMPD. It was previously alleged they were being investigated for criminal activities, including the attempted murder of suspected cash-in-transit heist kingpin Marco Singh.

They are alleged to have changed their statements on McBride's sobriety after receiving immunity for these criminal charges. Their original statements stated that he was not drunk.

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Boodhoo said the three men faced disciplinary action over the Singh incident, fraudulent overtime claims and unauthorised expenditure of R50 000 on a "souped up" EMPD car.

He admitted he was not aware of the fraud claims having been reported to the police.
He said that on the night of the accident he had given the instruction for guns and ammunition to be removed from McBride's car and the accident scene.

"You are securing a crime scene by removing things from a crime scene?" Du Plessis asked him.

He said he gave the instruction because he was concerned that the weapons and ammunition would fall out of the control of the EMPD and this would "cause serious trouble".

He did not believe their removal contaminated the crime scene and his decision to order their removal from the scene "does not bear any significance in my view".

He gave the instruction for McBride to be taken away from the accident scene so that he could receive medical attention.

The trial was postponed to February 23.

  • immelmap - 2010-11-27 06:17

    The wheel has turned. Maybe justice will be served this time.Pity they cannot hang him.

      coolwaynie - 2011-01-13 10:58

      He should never have seen the inside of a cell after the Magoo's Bar bombing. Hanging was his destiny. Isn't it ironic how criminals eventually go back to their old familiar ways, no matter what life of privilege and entitlement they were offered.

  • foxie911 - 2010-11-27 06:52

    @immelmap, unfortunately McBride - being a high-profile figure in the hiearchy of the ANC and a (murderous) struggle-buddy to boot - is probably only going to get a slight slap on the wrist and told: "Tut-tut, now go away and don't be naughty again." For the life of me I cannot see real justice being done here - we all know the so-called "justice-system" is rotten to the core...

  • Gargmel Smurfeater - 2010-11-27 07:37

    They won't even say "don't be naughty again" they will say do not get caught again, our country is run by criminals.

  • ebdg3000 - 2010-11-27 08:31

    Maybe this time they'll make him a Minister?

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 08:37

    Total disgust at how this guy is still walking around. ANC, you dudes are a safe house for criminals and everyone, including yourselves, know this.

  • croix - 2010-11-27 08:49

    I agree with Gargmel Smurfeaters. OUR country is run by criminals- period! PS The Mafia springs to mind.

  • du.toit.grobler - 2010-11-27 08:52

    Who is McBride's big daddy?

  • Fred - 2010-11-27 09:12

    This is just another example where the state spends millions of rands of our tax money on a high-profile trial where they don't have either the will or the brains to actually punish the offender. Our justice system is woeful, especially when it comes to high-ranking ANC cronies. McBride will probably now be promoted to Chief Presidential Advisor, just like Nyanda has just been highly rewarded for his incompetance and corrupt activities. This country has even less chance than Zimbabwe !!!!!

  • Don - 2010-11-27 10:40

    This chop should have been sent to the gallows in Pretoria way back in the 80's- He's nothing more than a glorified terrorist. I challenge the Auditor- General to audit his administration when he was in charge of Metro Cops.Hopefully, justice will prevail with this monster!

  • Mart - 2010-11-27 12:22

    All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Thomas Jefferson

  • Eddie - 2010-11-27 15:17

    looking forward to your incarcaration you evil prick

  • david - 2010-11-28 09:27

    He was always a criminal..... The old saying once a thief always a thief. In his case slightly different but it still applies.

  • philip - 2011-01-13 07:39

    My condolences to the Magoo families who he killed.

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