Jail time for top police officer’s son

2010-02-25 00:00

THE son of a senior police officer in Pietermaritzburg, who stole a police vehicle from Alexandra Road police station in November, will spend 16 months in jail.

Magistrate Paul Abelman convicted Siphakamiso Muziwavuka Gcumisa (21) on charges of housebreaking, fraud and vehicle theft after he pleaded guilty. He received a four-year jail sentence but will only serve 16 months, with the remainder being converted to correctional supervision.

However, state prosecutor Pranisha Kasool informed the court that the state will apply to have a five-year suspended sentence imposed in connection with a previous conviction.

Gcumisa, son of police director Daniel Gcumisa, cluster commander of the Plessislaer police area, admitted that he broke into an office and stole the keys to a police VW Golf. He abandoned the vehicle when it overheated.

Last year Gcumisa entered into a plea bargain agreement with the state over the illegal use of two state vehicles, in June 2007 and May 2008, both of which were involved in accidents.

At the time, he was a student constable in the South African Police Service. He later resigned.

 

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