No bail for ‘fake’ traffic officer

2018-02-07 06:00
Sbonelo Danca, whose bail was denied last week, consults with his lawyer. PHOTO: file

Sbonelo Danca, whose bail was denied last week, consults with his lawyer. PHOTO: file

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A MAN who allegedly impersonated a traffic officer was denied bail by in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday.

Sbonelo Danca (30) faces a charge of fraud after he allegedly took R3 000 from Sakhumuzi Dlamini, a motorist, on November 2017.

Magistrate van Dongen said that it would not be in the interests of justice if Danca was released on bail.

During the bail application, the court heard that Danca is single and has three minor children, two of which he supports by paying their school fees. He said at the time of his arrest that he had been living with his girlfriend for a year at a property in Signal Hill which she owns.

He said he only has one previous conviction of extortion, where he was given a suspended sentence of six years, in 2013.

However, the state prosecutor, Nene, disputed this, saying that she had proof that Danca was convicted in 2016 and not 2013.

She also revealed that the accused was not telling the truth when he said he was staying with his girlfriend for a year at the time of his arrest.

“The accused’s girlfriend filed a statement saying that she only met the accused in October 2017. She said the accused told her he was a traffic officer,” she said. Nene added that the State will add more charges.

Danca was arrested on January 6 by Msunduzi Municipality’s acting traffic inspector Bheki Zondi after he made an illegal turn in the CBD in January. Zondi previously told Maritzburg Fever he had been looking for Danca for a week before his arrest. He said this came after he received information from motorists and taxi drivers that there was a man who claimed he was a traffic officer and promised to reduce or write off their traffic fines if they paid him.

The case was postponed to February 28 for further investigation.


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