Prosecutor up for drunk driving

2007-12-11 00:00

Pietermaritzburg public prosecutor Amos Ngcobo (38, pictured), who is already under a cloud facing charges of housebreaking with intent to steal, theft of police dockets and corruption, appeared briefly before a local magistrate yesterday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

It is alleged he failed a breathalyser test.

Ngcobo told Magistrate Amanda Bezuidenhout that he intends to conduct his own defence, and to make representations to the senior public prosecutor in connection with the matter. He did not elaborate.

In order to allow time for his representations to be lodged and to be considered, his case was postponed until February 1.

Ngcobo is on bail of R500.

Ngcobo’s corruption, housebreaking and theft case is also expected to go to trial in February. The corruption charges concern allegations that he was paid to “sort out” three drunk driving cases.

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