Telkom CEO ‘racked up fines with someone else’s number plate’

2014-07-25 11:20

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Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko is under investigation after being implicated in an alleged car licence cloning case.

“Whatever is happening in terms of allegations about him [Maseko] being on the wrong side of the law is being investigated by the Johannesburg Metro police department (JMPD),” said City of Joburg spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane today.

He could not say what sort of case was being investigated by the metro police.

“Everything that has to do with the case should go to JMPD because the city is not an investigating agent,” he said.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the case was not public information.

“Any traffic offence or criminal charge against individuals is a matter between that individual and the state until such time as the case enters court. Then it becomes public information.”

The Star reported today that Maseko was driving around using his previous vehicle’s number plates, which were legally being used by businessman Mabena Motshoane, who had purchased Maseko’s old Range Rover.

The paper reported that Maseko incurred traffic fines totalling R30 000, but that these were sent to Motshoane to pay.

Motshoane came across his number plates on Maseko’s vehicle on a Pretoria freeway by chance.

He opened a case with the metro police and a case of fraud at Booysens Police Station, according to the newspaper.

Metro police officers went to Maseko’s home but were reportedly denied permission to inspect his vehicle.

According to the newspaper, the officers were later instructed to leave Maseko’s Houghton home after allegedly being told that city manager Trevor Fowler had intervened in the matter. Modingoane denied that Fowler was involved.

A few days later, metro police were allowed to inspect the vehicle, but by then Maseko’s number plates had allegedly been changed.

The Star said it had seen the fines, and photographs and video footage of Maseko driving the car with Motshoane’s number plates.

Maseko told the newspaper he had contacted Fowler.

“... I was scared and nervous and the only person I could think of was Trevor Fowler. All Mr Fowler did was refer me to someone in the JMPD who could assist me,” he was quoted as saying.

Telkom spokesperson Pynee Chetty declined to comment.

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