The former Metro Police Chief in Ekhurhuleni has been struggling with debt as months have passed without him getting the income he had become accustomed to. This came after the fateful Christmas party after which he faced charges of drunken driving and attempting to obstruct the course of justice. He said that his family and friends have been very helpful and understanding with his poor financial situation.
The Mail and Guardian reported that McBride is expected to approach the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration about the issue of getting re-employed in the police force. In 2006, McBride was involved in a car accident after attending a year-end function. He was driving his official vehicle. It was alleged that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time however, the court could not find him guilty and in March this year, he was acquitted.
Robert McBride says that the intimidation of his colleagues was not enough to bring about a different verdict in his case. He accuses the Organised Crime Unit of attempting to coerce witnesses in his case. The state was not successful in its appeal of the McBride acquittal and the appeal was dismissed last week.
The Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the court’s initial decision that the state had not produced enough evidence to show McBride’s guilt and also, there was no valid legal reason to change the court’s earlier verdict in the case. Because of the conclusion of the appeal in his favour, McBride feels that there is no reason why he should not be allowed to go back to his job and resume his duties as the Ekhurhuleni Metro Police Chief as soon as possible. It seems that he expects the CCMA will see things his way.
McBride has declined to comment on the reports that he intends to try and get his job back.