McBride won his appeal against his convictions for drunken driving and obstruction of the justice system. How can that be?
Given that he was returning from a Christmas party at the time of the incident and he crashed his car, clearly he was in no state to drive, whatever the cause. Eyewitnesses reported McBride smelling of alcohol and his and the behaviour of his co-workers bullying witnesses, and McBride removing himself from the scene of the accident ensuring that a blood alcohol test was not taken, and McBride traveling to Durban to get a supportive medical report on his condition. Surely this all suggests obstruction of justice, at the very least. Yet the high court in Pretoria on Thursday concluded he was not guilty on all charges. That is all very strange.
The Direct Democracy Forum‘s concern is not so much with the high court decision, as with the fact that the blood alcohol test was not taken and that in itself should have been evidence of obstruction of justice sufficient to attract a criminal conviction and jail time. At the very least this is evidence of a failure of the entire justice system, as involved in this case, to do its job in a professional manner and to provide clear and incontestable evidence, so there is no doubt as to the state of McBride at the time of the accident. This entire incident leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
If this can happen once, particularly with a highly stationed police officer, it can happen again, and points to the need for a total overhaul of the justice system, top-down. This is something that DDF policies on the judicial system will ensure
The buck stops at the ballot box.