Court hears of attempts to get medical certificate for McBride

An Ekurhuleni metro police officer was asked to get a medical certificate for Robert McBride without a doctor examining him, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Monday.

Maxwell Mjamba, who was a superintendent in the metro police during McBride’s reign in 2007, said he was asked to go to any doctor he knew to get a certificate for McBride claiming he was not drunk at the time of his accident.

He said McBride, the former chief of the Ekurhuleni metro police, needed the certificate for a meeting he had planned with former mayor Duma Nkosi.

Mjamba was testifying in McBride’s drunken-driving trial.

McBride is facing charges of fraud, defeating the ends of justice and drunken driving.

This was after he crashed his state-owned Chevrolet in December 2006 on the R511 near Hartbeespoort Dam.

Mjamba was testifying after three doctors — Dr Yoyombu Tangui Mbange, Dr Allan Soundy, and Dr Kamal Doorgaeershad — testified that they were approached to issue a medical certificate by different people.

They said they were approached to do so almost a month after the accident and without having examined McBride.

The doctors said they refused to issue the certificate and referred McBride to the doctor who had examined him shortly after the accident. — Sapa

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