Cop wins assault record fight

2015-12-17 10:15

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Pietermaritzburg - A high court judge has ordered the authorities to correct the SAPS criminal record system that wrongly shows that a senior provincial traffic inspector, Sindiswe Patience Ngidi, has a criminal record.

In addition, high court Judge Isaac Madondo ordered the MEC for Transport to remove any endorsement in the department’s records that show that Ngidi has a criminal record.

Ngidi turned to the high court in desperation recently as she said her career was being seriously prejudiced by the erroneous entry of a criminal record for assault against her name in the SAPS criminal record system.

According to the court papers, Ngidi’s problem started after she had a violent argument with her boyfriend in 2004, during which he assaulted her and she hit his vehicle with a stone.

He subsequently charged her with malicious injury to property but later withdrew the complaint. The charge was also formally withdrawn against her in court.

However, in 2008 Ngidi was surprised to learn during a routine check by her department that a criminal record for assault was in fact entered against her name in the SAPS criminal record system.

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