Former HCM traffic officer back in court

2018-06-07 06:01

A FORMER traffic officer of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality is back in court after being convicted of a crime he is adamant he did not commit, but which resulted in his termination of employment with the municipality.

Thanduxolo Ndzwanana was convicted in July 2010 for assaulting a colleague and he paid a fine of R6 000 for the crime. However, he claims the conviction was baseless amid allegations that no trace or records of the court proceedings can be found, nor is there a criminal record under his name.

Ndzwanana, who was also a shop steward at the municipality at the time, was dismissed in October 2009 after allegedly assaulting his colleague while on duty.

At the time, he said his dismissal and eminent conviction were politically motivated and he vowed to fight to prove his innocence.

After a long battle, he is finally getting his day in court and had his first appearance in the Port Shepstone Regional Court last month.

“Firstly, the first court to which the case [first assault case against him] was taken threw it out due to lack of evidence.

“Secondly, when my lawyers tried to retrieve records of the court proceedings during the case, but they could not be found.

“Finally, according to the SAPS criminal record centre in Pretoria, there is no criminal record under my name and as such I am employed as a security guard,” said Ndzwanana.

He said he hopes to clear his name with this court appeal. “I want to see justice done because I believe that there was no justice done during my conviction,” he said.

Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Wiid confirmed the case, saying that it has been remanded until June 7.

“On April 14, 2009, at 6 pm, the complainant in this case was involved in an argument with the accused who he alleges then attacked him and then drove over his leg,” said Wiid.

“The incident happened on the Main Harding road in Marburg. An attempted murder case was opened by the complainant. The accused was charged and appeared in court.

“He was eventually found guilty and sentenced after several court appearances, but has since appealed against the conviction,” said Wiid.

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