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Robert McBride elated after winning appeal

The former metro chief says he feels vindicated he won his appeal against his drunk driving conviction.

The former metro chief says he feels vindicated he won his appeal against his drunk driving conviction.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride said on Tuesday he feels vindicated after he won his appeal against a conviction for drunk driving and attempting to obstruct justice.

The North Gauteng High Court last Thursday ruled he was not guilty on all charges.

McBride was sentenced to two years in prison in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol and an effective three years for attempting to obstruct the course of justice.

Initially three of McBride's colleagues made statements supporting his version that he was not drunk and did not leave the scene of an accident he was involved in, but later changed their testimony.

In his appeal the former metro chief claimed the three had been intimidated into changing their story.

McBride said justice has finally been done.

"In the judgement all the state witnesses' testimonies were not accepted. My version was accepted and the judge went as far as to say that my version in court was consistent with the first statement that I made on this matter."