Senior officer's son sentenced for taking and crashing two cop vehicles

2009-03-09 00:00

The son of a police station commissioner in Pietermaritzburg has entered into a plea agreement with the state over his illegal use of state vehicles — both of which were involved in accidents — in June 2007 and in May last year.

Siphakamiso Muziwavuka Gcumisa (20) was a student constable when the offences were committed.

He pleaded guilty to using a Nissan double-cab bakkie belonging to the state without consent on June 22, 2007, as well as to a charge of reckless and negligent driving arising from the fact that the vehicle overturned on the main road at Wartburg and was written off.

On those charges, regional magistrate Rose Mogwera sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition he is not convicted on similar charges again.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of R14 250, in monthly instalments of R593,75.

Gcumisa also admitted to two further charges that he drove a state-owned Nissan Almera belonging to the local criminal record centre without permission on May 1 last year, and reckless and negligent driving on that occasion.

He was based at the local criminal record centre at the time.

The front bumper of the car was dented and the left side was scratched, while he had it.

The estimated cost of the damage was reportedly just over R7 000.

In connection with those charges Gcumisa was fined R1 000 (or six months imprisonment).

Gcumisa, the son of Director Daniel Gcumisa, the station commissioner of Alexandra Road police station, originally faced charges of driving a police vehicle without consent and theft of a state vehicle.

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