Cop in the clear over number plate

2011-09-30 09:26

Pretoria - The Tshwane municipality has found "no prima facie evidence" that the metro police's deputy chief breached the city's code of conduct by allegedly using the same number plate for his motorbike and car.

However, Ndumiso Jaca still faces criminal charges and an investigation by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

In a statement on Thursday, municipal spokesperson Pieter de Necker said Tshwane city manager Jason Ngobeni had submitted a report on the investigation.

"According to the report, there is no prima facie evidence of any contravention of any of the City of Tshwane's policies and/or code of conduct applicable to officials. Therefore, the report suggests that suspension is not sanctioned," he said.

Neither the report nor Jaca's explanation would be made public, said De Necker.

The decision to keep Jaca's explanation under wraps was made by Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Earlier this month, Eyewitness News reported that Jaca was allegedly using the same number plate on both his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and his BMW Z4.

Photographs of both vehicles were published in the Pretoria News.

The Justice Project SA laid criminal charges against Jaca - who is reportedly in the running to become the next Tshwane metro police chief - at the Alberton police station two weeks ago in terms of Section 68 of the National Road Traffic Act 1996.

"The docket with the reference CAS 413/9/2011 was registered and is expected to be forwarded to [the Pretoria police station]," JPSA spokesperson Howard Dembovsky said in a statement last week.

On Thursday, ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed that the ICD was also investigating the allegations

Displaying false number plates is punishable by a fine or jail term of up to three years.

Eyewitness News reported that the BMW which was bought in 2008 for R80 000 from Salvage Management and Disposal, was written off in March that year.

Dembovsky said the motorbike was registered in the name of the president of the Sopranos Biker Club, Moraka Ephraim Mokoka.

He said the BMW Z4 coupe was found to be unroadworthy and was de-registered, but alleged that Jaca later put the car though a roadworthy test at the Randburg licensing station in Johannesburg.

Dembovsky said the car was now registered as a built-up (code three) vehicle, after being licensed at the Mabopane licensing department in Pretoria.

"It would appear that Mr Jaca is under the impression that by now having registered the vehicle and his previously false number plate, all will be forgiven and he will no longer be deemed as to have committed a crime," he said at the time.

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