Top city cop’s son in court for car theft

2009-11-10 00:00

THE son of the Alexandra police station commissioner, Director Daniel Gcumisa, appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with a charge that he stole a police vehicle on Saturday.

Siphakamiso Muziwavuka Gcumisa (21) told Pietermaritzburg magistrate Divesh Mootheram that he will conduct his own defence.

The case was postponed until November 16 for further investigation and Gcumisa was ordered to remain in custody.

According to the charge sheet, Gcumisa stole a white Golf in the lawful possession of a Captain Walters at the Alexandra Road police station on Saturday.

He has not yet pleaded to any charges and indicated that he wishes to apply for bail.

Gcumisa admitted in response to Mootheram’s inquiries that he has previous convictions for reckless and negligent driving and for using a vehicle without the owner’s permission.

The Witness reported in March this year that Gcumisa had entered into a plea agreement with the state over these allegations

The allegations involve Gcumisa’s use of two state vehicles, both of which were involved in accidents in June 2007 and May 2008.

At the time Gcumisa was a student constable, but sources told The Witness he has since left the police force.

Regional court magistrate Rose Mogwera sentenced him in March to five years’ imprisonment, which was conditionally suspended for five years, on one charge involving a Nissan double-cab belonging to the state.

The double-cab was written off in an accident in Wartburg in June 2007.

She also ordered Gcumisa to pay compensation of R14 250 in monthly instalments of R593,75 in connection with that incident.

In connection with another charge that he illegally drove a Nissan Almera belonging to the local criminal record centre on May 1, 2008, he was sentenced to a fine of R1 000 or six months’ imprisonment.

That vehicle was dented and scratched while in his charge, resulting in R7 000 worth of damage, according to the evidence.

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