Metro cops bust in car with fake plates

2011-10-07 09:14

Pretoria - Three Tshwane metro police officers were arrested for driving in a car with false registration plates on Thursday morning, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.

The three metro police officers - in full uniform - were pulled over in a private vehicle during an operation on a major arterial route outside Pretoria, spokesperson Ashref Ismail said.

The number plates on their vehicle were screened using the automated number plate recognition system, and found to be false.

When asked to explain this, the officers said they were working undercover, Ismail said. Enquiries were made and this was found to be untrue.

They were stripped of their name-shields and weapons and detained at a nearby police station.

Ismail said he could not disclose the location, because the operation - dubbed Nomakanjani or "no matter what" - was ongoing.

In the first 12 hours of the operation 300 vehicles were inspected and 134 notices were issued to those with unfit vehicles and expired licences.

Three "grossly unroadworthy" vehicles were impounded, one of these a minibus taxi which had previously been certified as unroadworthy.

  • ian.teall - 2011-10-07 09:22

    Undercover my a*se! They were on there way to do what 90% of police in SA do....rob people!

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 09:36

      Too true - I advise everyone to store the anti-corruption phone number in their cellphones. I've heard of a few stories now where cops wanted bribes and within 15-20 minutes they were arrested, after the drivers reported them

      Bardy - 2011-10-07 09:40

      @ ian.teall. How can you say 90% of cops rob people?

      Pigscanfly - 2011-10-07 09:47

      @Bardy, it pretty much is a bit of common sense. I trust a known thief more than I trust a cop

      Centronix - 2011-10-07 09:49

      what's the anti-corruption phone number. I have to store this on my phone

      cliffarc - 2011-10-07 09:52

      - @ bardy - Okay, so he rounded the number up - the actual number is 88.90%.

      Really1 - 2011-10-07 09:58

      More like 90.44%.

      McDaNife - 2011-10-07 10:02

      These maaifoedies, O I love using this new found terms on our corrupt officials. Thanks Max DuPreez

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 10:11

      Whole list of phone numbers on:

      John - 2011-10-07 10:11

      if the boss can do it so can i,but i am inclined to agree with bardy on this one

      tk - 2011-10-07 10:22

      Yup, that is the way to go undercover, 3 cops in full uniform, but they won't see us coming since our number plates is not real... Really astonished by the lies that people try to sell, and actually think someone will believe it!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-07 11:22

      Actually.... these are CONVICTS... POSING AS COPS!! Classic!!!

      victorp - 2011-10-07 11:48

      Ian you better apologise it should be 95%

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-10-07 12:08

      @ian.teall, 90%, did you verify that percentage yourself?

      riaj.norman - 2011-10-07 12:25

      There is a difference between real cops and metro cops. If all metro cops were fired crime would probably drop by 50%

      Met - 2011-10-07 13:42

      Professor Tshwanepoel, after who the Metro was named, must be turning in his grave

      chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-01 15:26

      Sorry Ian, but that is as close to slander as I have read. We work very closely with our local guys and I have yet to hear, or see for that matter, a complaint laid against them. Just as a matter of interest do you belong to you local Ratepayers Association, Neighbourhood Watch Association or are you an active member of your chosen political party branch in your area.

  • sefeddt - 2011-10-07 09:26

    Is there no end to this, but big up to the officials for checking the vehicle details and not letting them through just because they were in uniform.

  • aryantoo - 2011-10-07 09:28

    There above the law

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-07 20:09

      Did that BEES fellow not "MOER ONE OF THEM DEAD"???? From the same force... I think... because apparently he did play for the Bulls too...

  • EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:28

    Metro maaifoedies.

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:43

      Thats not a very pragmatic response..

      Ozymandios - 2011-10-07 10:38

      Did you ever expect a pragmatic response? Originality is not one their strong points is it?

      LBS - 2011-10-07 15:10

      Bloody Agents!!

  • podgy - 2011-10-07 09:30


  • Koos - 2011-10-07 09:31

    cele, zuma... wtf IS GOING ON IN YOUR organization???? you clearly do not have control over this as it is just getting worse and worse by the day!!! Top officials doing the same and then gets suspended with pay??? Why don’t you fire him until further notice you TWO must really step down…. You are the laughing stock in SA!!

      IC1 - 2011-10-07 10:52

      The world, laughing stock of the world. I wonder what goes through JZ' mind when he meets all these world leaders who think he is joke and totally corrupt. They probably count their fingers after doing the hanshake to make sure showerhead has not stolen any.

  • Doug - 2011-10-07 09:31

    Also "special leave"??? that the same thing as sit at home and keep earning a salary? (in the private sector that's called holiday, in the public sector special leave). of course when it is not your money but that of the tax payer then who cares?? If I ran my business that way, might as well stand at UIF.

  • JHBBOY - 2011-10-07 09:33

    For those cops its gonna be 'operation slap on the wrist' Ian Teall above was right. they're moonlighting as criminals

  • opinionater - 2011-10-07 09:34

    that ironic xD

  • Deeteem - 2011-10-07 09:36

    Why issue notices which will go nowhere !! CONFISCATE THE VEHICLE finish & klaar !!

  • Darwinian - 2011-10-07 09:36

    Will this maaifoedies also be placed on the "Conversion Programme"?

  • Drewster - 2011-10-07 09:38

    The ANC must be so proud of how low it's dragged this country down. Thank God there are normal moral citizens out there who will continue to uphold the law even though those 'deployed' choose not. There will be comments to say that I can't blame the ANC for this, but you can. It is there policies who got these clowns hired and their Cadre deployments were meant to manage the system. Both failed in their duty to the citizens of this country. "Power corrupts, Absolute power corrupts absolutely"

  • Slartibartfast - 2011-10-07 09:40

    .... one of these a minibus taxi which had previously been certified as unroadworthy." As we all say ... changing any law won't help! Enforce what is there effectively please.

      Danie - 2011-10-07 10:41

      Why not have one of those big presses on standby, and if a car is found to be unroadworthy, press in in a little square and send to Kumba for recycling.

  • FRpower - 2011-10-07 09:41

    And they wonder why the public dont trust them nor respect them. There's just too many Metro thugs,and anyway im not surprised.

  • Maddi - 2011-10-07 09:44

    guess they still believe in the old adage, it takes a criminal to catch a criminal.....NNOOTTTTTT!

  • Howard - 2011-10-07 09:47

    Following the example of their leader... Great news that they were caught on a public road and will not be able to adopt the arrogant "prove it" attitude of their corrupt counterpart Ndumiso Jaca who is really trying it on with law enforcement in his FALSE belief that he is above the law.

  • whynow - 2011-10-07 09:47

    Tshwane my city is going down

      victorp - 2011-10-07 11:55

      Gone my pal gone

  • Jay - 2011-10-07 09:50

    Too little, too late!

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-10-07 09:50

    How can one work undercover in full uniform? LOL

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 10:15

      They dressed up as cops so that the bad guys wouldn’t think that they had anything to do with law enforcement. When they really want to earn the trust of the criminal underworld they dress up as politicians!

      Totman - 2011-10-07 10:23

      Nice one barry!!! I buy your explanation Shadow. Good one!!!

      Mr Hobbit - 2011-10-07 12:33

      SHADOW - you nearly killed me choking with laughter.

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 13:31

      @ Mr Hobbit – I don’t quite know what to say to that…… you’re welcome????

  • Truds - 2011-10-07 09:50

    Under cover cops in full uniform.... only in SA!!!

  • ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 09:53

    In South Africa the police are usually the first to arrive at the scene of a crime. In other countries it's usually the criminals :)

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:55

      Hahahaha!!! True.

      IC1 - 2011-10-07 10:54


  • Nipcat - 2011-10-07 09:55

    They learnt well from their boss 'Balty'.

  • vdwjasper - 2011-10-07 09:57

    Were they white? Why is this making news?

  • Darina Georgi - 2011-10-07 10:06

    The speed cops in Tsuname are now making headlines every day (and not in a good way). But this reminds me of their 2IC..why was he not arrested for a similar offence? Has he got the right connections?

  • Bok Fan - 2011-10-07 10:12

    On the one hand, well done to the system for catching these potential criminals. On the other hand state power in the hands of the anc is a scary though

  • ProudBoer - 2011-10-07 10:12

    I suppose they will blame apartheid...bloody maaifoedie agents!

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 10:18

      I always wondered what the "m" in mk stood for. Thanks for clearing that up for us Max.

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-07 10:16

    Perhaps they were truthful when they claimed to be undercover. Maaifoedie-cops under the cover of being honest law-enforcers.

  • Liewe Heksie - 2011-10-07 10:24


  • Dave Hood - 2011-10-07 10:26

    When the president can "allegedly" commit 780 counts of fraud and corruption and then avoid his day in court; when his accomplice can avoid his punishment by beeing at "deaths door" and be able to stroll around the luxury golf courses of Durban as he pleases; how can we expect lowly traffic cops to be any different. They are just emulating the actions of our governments "brightest and best".

      victorp - 2011-10-07 11:59

      Bafana republic

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 13:16

      “Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.” – Alfred E Neuman But in South Africa we don’t believe that one should exclude the other. Why have one income when you can have two? We term this “increased productivity”.

  • d2eguy - 2011-10-07 10:26

    useless corrupt BEE traffic idiots and we the public are supposed to trust these uniformed thieves ?

  • jay - 2011-10-07 10:40

    please carry on the good work eventually we shall have all these un roadworthy taxis, buses and trucks of the road..

  • Mike N - 2011-10-07 10:43

    Under cover in full uniform!!!! dam the brains trust, how did they even get a job at the Metro???

  • IC1 - 2011-10-07 10:44

    Why would Metro cops in uniform need to be driving a car with false plates????

  • nyatiphotography - 2011-10-07 11:24

    `This is disgusting - how can we place our TRUST in the Police Force, when they Thugs like these riding around our streets. They should be fired and the book thrown at them - Jail time is what they need !!! B@sterds

  • Johnny Bravo - 2011-10-07 11:26

    And everybody is still blaming Bees Roux!!!

  • Free Man - 2011-10-07 11:33

    The problem starts with the name “TSWANE”. There has never lived a man, prince or chief with this name, Tswane. Many, many moons ago, Pretoria were plagued by a big drought. The black people then prayed to the forefathers for rain. It rained shortly after the prayers (by the way, the forefathers could not have sent the rain, because they are dead). As a token of their appreciation towards the forefathers, these prayer warriors then set free a cow as offering to reign free in the Apies river area, Pretoria West, as a thank you for the drought relief. So, Pretoria has been named after a cow, and it seems that the office bearers have been cursed with the intellectual insight of a cow. The right thing to do is to stop playing house-house and to start working for the people and getting rid of all these thugs in government.

      Free Man - 2011-10-07 11:49

      See in connection with my statement. A Professor from UNISA did a complete study on the name Tshawane, and that is where I heard it for the first time. As far as I know, the findings of this study was submitted to the ANC for comment. I think we all know what the ANC did with this research.

  • chris.kleynhans - 2011-10-07 11:40

    It is not fair to the normal road user that tries to stay within the law when he/she is harshly punished for exceeding the speed limit based on camera evidence when others drives around with no or false number plates and gets away with it. The same applies to the new tollgate system, if you decide not to have number plates you can get away with it. Somebody told me once that he took of his number plate because the fine for not having a number plate (if it is enforced) is about R200.00 where the fine for exceeding the speed limit can be many times that.

  • Michaelkok - 2011-10-07 11:45

    Undercover, in full uniform? Were they taking part in operation "No Brainer" perhaps?

  • victorp - 2011-10-07 11:50

    Did Max not help create the chaos we now experience?

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 12:08

      Max “Frankenstein du Preez”. You’ve created a monster!

  • victorp - 2011-10-07 11:51

    Under cover under cover of Darkness!!!!

  • Jason - 2011-10-07 12:07

    we ah wekking undercava - ok so why the Unfiforms, eish yoh maar i dont anastend these questeens!!

  • Hantie Jansen van Vuuren - 2011-10-07 12:08

    Wonderful, at least they're starting to catch these crooks now.

  • Badger - 2011-10-07 12:32

    They Have since been put on compulsary leave with FULL PAY for the next 5 years or until the investigation in complete. As just to inform the public, our courts are full, so this might take 10 years.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-10-07 12:39

    Can the powers that be please expalin to us how we are supposed to trust these so called cops. But then if their bosses can get away with crimes why cant they. Absolute scum in uniform paid for by the ratepayer. I wonder if they were off to rob, hijack, murder or rape someone somewhere.

  • Ray - 2011-10-07 13:12

    Not likely that I would use Hotline numbers. If I have problem will more likely contact 702 Talk Radio. They walk the talk and will do something about corruption - not only lip service but action.

  • Marie - 2011-10-07 16:29

    Please can somebody also investigate a number plate DKK 623 NW on a white double cab bakkie , stealing and starting fires, I think this number is atually registered on a Maroon coloured Mazda 3 liter bakkie. How can these things be tolerated?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-01 16:39

    On a Christmas shopping spree no doubt. Go directly to jail, do not pass 'go' do not collect R500.00. They are Rubbish....

  • Robert - 2013-01-29 12:13

    Heres the question...METRO COPS working UNDERCOVER???? Since when did THEY become detectives? bunch of lying corrupt dickheads.

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