Change to charges against Ndumiso Jaca

2012-06-05 21:16
Ndumiso Jaca (File, Beeld)

Ndumiso Jaca (File, Beeld)

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Pretoria - Amendments have been made to the nine charges brought against the beleaguered Tshwane metro police deputy chief Ndumiso Jaca, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Heinrich Scholtz told the court that under a new charge sheet, Jaca now faced a total of 11 charges.

Without going into detail, Scholtz said five of the charges were “major ones” whilst the rest were “alternatives”.

On Tuesday the suspended top policeman and Andre Steenkamp, his lawyer, got the opportunity to briefly inspect the docket and the charge sheet in court.

Scholtz also handed a number of statements to the magistrate and the defence team.

This follows Magistrate Graham Travers’ order last week for the prosecutor to divulge “further particulars” relating to the case.

Jaca’s lawyer walked into the courtroom shortly after the matter had started. He apologised and told the court that his gown had been stolen at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, where he had other commitments.

The matter was postponed to June 20.

Car

Jaca faces numerous charges including fraud, driving a vehicle with unregistered number plates, false number plates, and police lights.

Previously, the magistrate said the State should reveal details including which BMW vehicle Jaca operated without the required number plates and registration.

"You have to tell us which car he was driving. Was it a red BMW? The accused needs to know which car we are talking about," he said.

Travers, however, said questions raised by Steenkamp urging the prosecutor to disclose where Jaca had driven the vehicle, the ownership of the car and who had fitted a blue light should not be attended to.

Jaca was charged in March following a report that he was driving a BMW Z4 with false number plates and police lights.

He was also allegedly seen on a Harley Davidson motorbike with the same false registration number plate.

The Tshwane metro announced in January that Jaca's three months' special leave, which began in October, had been extended.

- SAPA
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