Municipality fights to recover McBride legal fees

Former metro police chief Robert McBride. (Gallo)

Former metro police chief Robert McBride. (Gallo)

City spokesperson Samuel Modiba, speaking to the Saturday Star, could not say who the money would be recouped from but said an investigation which would reveal this was underway.

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

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.

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 drunk driving and attempting to obstruct justice.

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

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