Cop in the clear over number plate

2011-09-30 09:26

Pretoria - The Tshwane municipality has found "no prima facie evidence" that the metro police's deputy chief breached the city's code of conduct by allegedly using the same number plate for his motorbike and car.

However, Ndumiso Jaca still faces criminal charges and an investigation by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

In a statement on Thursday, municipal spokesperson Pieter de Necker said Tshwane city manager Jason Ngobeni had submitted a report on the investigation.

"According to the report, there is no prima facie evidence of any contravention of any of the City of Tshwane's policies and/or code of conduct applicable to officials. Therefore, the report suggests that suspension is not sanctioned," he said.

Neither the report nor Jaca's explanation would be made public, said De Necker.

The decision to keep Jaca's explanation under wraps was made by Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Earlier this month, Eyewitness News reported that Jaca was allegedly using the same number plate on both his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and his BMW Z4.

Photographs of both vehicles were published in the Pretoria News.

The Justice Project SA laid criminal charges against Jaca - who is reportedly in the running to become the next Tshwane metro police chief - at the Alberton police station two weeks ago in terms of Section 68 of the National Road Traffic Act 1996.

"The docket with the reference CAS 413/9/2011 was registered and is expected to be forwarded to [the Pretoria police station]," JPSA spokesperson Howard Dembovsky said in a statement last week.

On Thursday, ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed that the ICD was also investigating the allegations

Displaying false number plates is punishable by a fine or jail term of up to three years.

Eyewitness News reported that the BMW which was bought in 2008 for R80 000 from Salvage Management and Disposal, was written off in March that year.

Dembovsky said the motorbike was registered in the name of the president of the Sopranos Biker Club, Moraka Ephraim Mokoka.

He said the BMW Z4 coupe was found to be unroadworthy and was de-registered, but alleged that Jaca later put the car though a roadworthy test at the Randburg licensing station in Johannesburg.

Dembovsky said the car was now registered as a built-up (code three) vehicle, after being licensed at the Mabopane licensing department in Pretoria.

"It would appear that Mr Jaca is under the impression that by now having registered the vehicle and his previously false number plate, all will be forgiven and he will no longer be deemed as to have committed a crime," he said at the time.

  • Bardy - 2011-09-30 09:32

    Another cover up from the ANC!

      Mike - 2011-09-30 09:46

      Blatantly so

      MeltdowN - 2011-09-30 10:10

      COOL!! now im going to cancel my other 2 car lic's and just use the one for all 3! BONUS! cops can do it! so it must be fine then!

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:18

      Me too One number fits all.

      saabnut - 2011-09-30 10:18

      The decision to keep Jaca's explanation under wraps was made by Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. No surprises there- he is guilty as sin and has been summarily 'acquitted' by his fellow trough pigs...

      Shivermetimb - 2011-09-30 10:24

      I suppose they are laying criminal charges against the cops that reported him.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-30 10:51

      - Well now people, this is actually good news for all of us. The authorities have just given the go ahead for everyone to have false number plates. Doing mine right now - we all going to save a packet in speeding fines - Yipee.

      Phlegm - 2011-09-30 11:50

      Yip, Animal Farm continues, we are all equal, some are just more equal than others. We clearly have two law books in this country!

      Met - 2011-09-30 12:50

      Innocent!!! Yes,they were fakes, but not genuine fakes- that makes him innocent. Africas answer to Roman- Dutch law

      DW - 2011-09-30 14:42

      Best idea yet. False number plates are now acceptable, so line up and get them before the toll roads become operational

      Dave50 - 2011-09-30 16:23

      What did you really expect, truthfully. Although the people concerned don't know what that is.

      disappointed - 2011-10-02 07:35

      its the old story of do as i say dont do as i do

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-09-30 09:36

    If the same number plate was displayed on both a car and bike, it is falsely displayed in at least one case. A witness saw this. No prima facie evidence my *rse...! It is thus OK for Twane metro police to break the law?

      PB - 2011-09-30 09:59

      "...there is no prima facie evidence of any contravention of any of the City of Tshwane's policies and/or code of conduct applicable to officials." BECAUSE THE WHOLE ANC-LED CIRCUS OF TSHWANE DOES NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF THE TERMS 'POLICY' OR 'CODE OF CONDUCT'. How much more corrupt must he be before he qualifies to become the next Police Chief????? And now everything will be kept under wraps, because the law does not apply on the anc-chommies.

      L_Savage - 2011-09-30 10:28

      This incident demonstrates a serious problem with government in general in South Africa these days. The fact is that Jaca is a corrupt, dishonest and deplorable example to society. The fact is that a person of his calibre (lack thereof) should not be in any position of leadership or authority. However he has not explicitly broken any rules of his job, which is why technically he is not guilty of misconduct according to City of Tshwane. I call BS on this one. Guys like this should not get off on a technicality. This incident has illustrated a serious character flaw in the individual that should disqualify him from holding his position. If the code of conduct does not recognise this, then the code of conduct is worthless, as are the idiots who wrote it.

      leonard - 2011-09-30 10:42

      @ano....wait now for the play on words and semantics.The man committed an offence and should be punished by the book.If this does not happen,any person can commit the same offence and use this case as a precedent to avoid prosecution.Of course,this incident confirms my lack of respect for anything ANC.

      cerveza - 2011-09-30 11:07

      @Ano Nymous - The no prima facie evidence is about if his would result in him being suspended or loose his job, not that he is innocent of any crime. There is still a case open against him at the Police. It is like when you get caught speeding, you have broken the law but your company would not necessary fire you. But if you were caught playing with the secretary you might get fired even though you did not break the law. Separate things. Wait for the results of the police investigation before assuming he got away with a crime

      amos - 2011-10-02 17:02

      If the ANC is diong a coverup job then wehre are the opposition councillors? Especially the DA...are they not also enjoying the ride on the GRAVY TRAIN? Hence their silence.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-30 09:36

    I don't believe this sh*t!

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-30 09:48

      It's hard but keep trying daaivark.

      wv - 2011-09-30 09:53

      You better believe it, it's the anc rubbish ruling the country.

      daaivark - 2011-09-30 10:02

      Ag, politicians are all the same, man. Not to be trusted further than one can toss a ballot paper. This whole things looked absolutely cut and dried.

      Enigma - 2011-09-30 10:25

      @daaivark- I understand why you can't believe this sf*t. It's because it really stinks, for me also the smell is unbearable...LOL

      EnglishBoer - 2011-09-30 12:47

      @daaivark Politicans are not all the same. Try travel to a few 1st world countries sometime and see the difference.

      Shukran - 2011-10-01 09:25

      @EnglishBoer - name a few examples please. Surely not the UK with the recent MP housing scandle!

      Great White - 2011-10-02 07:26

      The only difference is that if and when they are caught, dirty politicians suffer the full consequences of the law. Here they get a promotion and stand in line to be President.

  • Sisie - 2011-09-30 09:37

    All men are equal, but some are more equal than others.

      MeltdowN - 2011-09-30 10:14

      @Darwinian .... BWAAHAHAHAHAA!

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:22

      And Winnie above the law

      Darwinian - 2011-09-30 12:05

      oh, well since it was removed, here it is again..... nope, all are equal, some are just more black than others....

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-30 09:38

    "The Tshwane municipality has found "no prima facie evidence" " Hardly surprising. I don't think they could find a herd of elephants in a rice paddy.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-30 12:46

      Well said! :)

  • Robin7 - 2011-09-30 09:40

    Brilliant!!!! Quickly prints article...goes out to look for suitable false registration plates to avoid tolls and traffic fines... I love South Africa!

      My Father - 2011-09-30 09:49

      Yes!! Look for the same car and same colour, mark it down.

      Bev - 2011-09-30 10:34

      Yip what works for one must work for all and they could not fine you either, because you just make reference to this case.

      peeved - 2011-09-30 12:25

      Let us all use the same number plate as Jaca, he can then pay all fines & tolls

  • My Father - 2011-09-30 09:41

    This means: Let's go get the number plate duplicated! You can't find me guilty!

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:23

      No Evidence!!

  • Des - 2011-09-30 09:45

    So now I only need one number plate for all my vehicles. going to be a lot cheaper!!!!

  • crackerr - 2011-09-30 09:46

    They have no right to keep it secret. The code of conduct they refer to is for the benefit of the rest of society too. They will just have to come clean.

      PB - 2011-09-30 10:22

      This is a good example of why the anc are so desperate to push through the info bill

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:24

      Please dont I'm gonna save a packet. - 2011-10-01 23:17

      How the hell are we going to force these a/holes to come clean?The worst about what is happening in our beloved country is the feeling of absolute helplessness!So many govmt officials getting away with murder.That Mandela P@@k doing 159 in a 60 kms zone?HOW can us normal law abiding citizens bring these bastards to book?

  • crackerr - 2011-09-30 09:48

    You keep things secret when you know you are in the wrong and/or being ridiculous.

  • wv - 2011-09-30 09:50

    Criminal bastards!

  • Hielke - 2011-09-30 09:56

    So if i use the same plate for my bike and car it will be "OK" according to the City of Tshwane's policies.... which now seems to be a law onto itself WTF.....

  • Roundana - 2011-09-30 09:57

    Unbelieeevaaaableeee!i think i should also have one number plate for all my 3 seems legal.

  • Newsferret - 2011-09-30 09:59

    Very nice - have cheaper motorbike licence and use it on the car too and there is nothing wrong. How convenient!!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-30 10:04

      It's not the cheaper licence that bothers me as much as concerns about what the intention behind using a vehicle with unregistered plates was. The intention could not possibly have been legit.

      Darwinian - 2011-09-30 10:11

      @vark my thoughts exactly!!

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:26

      And the disc do you just copy that also? Or is that a mere detail too technical for the Idiots in charge.

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:27

      Used in a robbery or Hijacking?

      Paul - 2011-09-30 13:51

      @daaivark - the vehicle was scrapped and unregistered when he was driving it around. He couldn't get legal plates for it so he used the bike's plates. The council cant get round the fact that he was driving a piece of scrap on public roads without it going through a roadworthy. He knowingly broke the traffic laws as well as the municipal by-laws, and if he was treated as you and I would be in the same cicumstances he would have been spending time in jail/ paying bail/ getting lawyers to defend his actions.... But it just goes to prove that they have no respect for the law and consider themselves above the law.

  • ProfAndy - 2011-09-30 10:01

    Oh ya, doing things that are against the law isn't against their policy... In fact, quite the opposite- it seems to be a prerequisite to be convicted of a crime or be involved in crime to get anywhere in public office these days...

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-30 10:02

    Ok I will remember this when the new E-tolling starts!!!!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-01 16:51

      do not register for the e tag ,,,,,never ever

  • joed25 - 2011-09-30 10:03

    Geez people, read the article, and don't base your comments on News24's sensational headline. He was cleared on breaching Tshwane's policies/code of conduct, which is not great admittedly, but I doubt the policies/code of conduct are the correct "vehicles" to address such an offence. Read paragraph 2. Criminal and ICD investigations still pending. So, the cop is not in the clear, like it says in the headline...

      PB - 2011-09-30 10:35

      Geez joed25, it does not seem possible that the powers that be in Tshwane municipality can't see anything remotely wrong about someone in his position acting in such an OBVIOUS criminal manner - driving an unregistered, not-roadworthy (only done after being outed), unlicenced vehicle with FALSE numberplates. What part of all of that does not make sense to you? The fact that the ICD etc are in fact taking this further, is besides the point - Ramokgopa should at least have pretended to find this not OK. But the whole bunch of them are so untouchable, they could not care less what anybody would think about the whole sordid story. Pathetic.

      crackerr - 2011-09-30 11:03

      @ joed25 The alleged conduct is unacceptable. Especially if from someone with suspect's functions to carry out. Codes of conduct or not. It is so elementary. What is more, the public is entitled to expect clean and honest administration. It all seems pretty obvious.

  • deborah.bergstedt - 2011-09-30 10:04

    and yet another CRIMINAL gets away with it!!! assasinations shld commence as the order of the day - that way this country cn b freed fm "these" people - like that's ever going 2 hpn hey

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-30 10:07

    Diversion Programme v1.34

  • Woji - 2011-09-30 10:09

    What a croc of shyte!!! A clear cut case and a clear case of a cover up - incredible. One wonders whether the leading party membership comes with a "get out of jail free card" for any illegal acts perpetrated by its members - great loyalty benfit. Justice was truly blind in this instance>>

  • Worsie_Se_Pa - 2011-09-30 10:11

    That's it I am removing my number plates and applying for ANC membership...

      Darwinian - 2011-09-30 10:20

      I already did, but my membership was denied, something to do with my imperialistic colour scheme.....

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:30

      You Pale or dark?

      Darwinian - 2011-09-30 12:08

      @victorp I'm Japanese and I don't qualify for BEE/AA, luckily my wife is Chinese and she qualifies for BEE/AA, you see as Asians in South Africa, Japanese are white and Chinese are black...

  • Megan - 2011-09-30 10:16

    So the fact that driving around with false number plates is illegal obviously means nothing! How the hell can you expect people to stop speeding and obey road laws, etc when the bloody law enforcers themselves don't give a flying Fu@k?

  • victorp - 2011-09-30 10:17

    Carte Blanche I am now going to run all my vehicles on one number, since the precident has now been set, Just quote this case as the standard. look out for them 777

  • Jerry - 2011-09-30 10:19

    WTF Tshwane municipality? So you can go against the law but still in "company policy"? So my firm can decide that murdering someone at work is fine. I can hear the gravy train again.

  • middelvinger - 2011-09-30 10:22

    Criminals protecting criminals. so when the police stops you for false number plates - show them the middle finger

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-30 10:26

    Me-smells something amiss here! Seems there are different rules for different folk ...

  • Jimm636 - 2011-09-30 10:26

    he is the metro deputy chief and he sees no issue in having two vehicles with the same plate? he should know better. how the hell did he get to position he is in? he knowing broke the law. how more blatant can you be?

      victorp - 2011-09-30 10:37

      Qualification lack of them skin colour all of it.

  • James - 2011-09-30 10:28

    Lock his ass away before we have another corrupt character in a position of even more power as the next Tshwane metro police chief. Just imagine that...

  • - 2011-09-30 10:32

    C'mon people, we can now declare open season on lying, bribery, corruption, false number plates, speeding, lawlessness and whatever else you want to do. SA politicians give us the "f***ck you" message every day, so it's time for us to do whatever we want to do Anarchy rules in the land of the corrupt politician.

      Thandi - 2011-09-30 10:43

      Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • victorp - 2011-09-30 10:34

    Our neighbourhood watch once caught a Ekurhuleni metro cop's son with exactly the same situation the Disc did not match the registration of the vehicle, SAP took no action.

  • victorp - 2011-09-30 10:36

    Was McBride not a metro cop? !!!!!!!!

      Thandi - 2011-09-30 10:46

      Yup, and his dubious character ensured that he fitted in well with the rest of the useless mob.

  • Thandi - 2011-09-30 10:39

    Ho Hum - the Metro so-called police are just living up to their expectations of being an absolute waste of time and space. They cannot even come close to policing the roads, so why expect the useless bunch to police themselves. Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption.

  • s r - 2011-09-30 10:47

    jaca got off, in winnie's case they're charging the cops, zondwa mandela has to attend a 'diversion' prgramme and will not have his licence revoked for travelling 158km/hr in a 60km/hr you honestly think that the ordinary person like you and i will get the same treatment...banana anyone???

  • SAYIT - 2011-09-30 11:07

    @Joed25 - I'm sure somewhere in the code of conduct or policies you state it is an offence to commit an action fraud. Most employed people will have such a stipulation in their employment contracts together with the point "summative dismissal" I'm sure this is also in the contract of employment for the deputy chief of the Metro Police.

  • Steve Buys - 2011-09-30 11:16

    using an unregistered motor vehicle on the publicroad is illegal no admission og guilt fine

  • Rural Developer - 2011-09-30 11:35

    Maybe we should see all these little anc screwups as blessings in disguise. The next national election is looming and some of this type of news does filter down to even the dumbest of the lot. SLowly but surely the anc is turning the tide away from their favour and into the favour of the DA. Hopefully we will only live with this rubbish for another few years and the collapse of the anc will be the death of it all.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-30 11:43

    Must be the same guys that was looking after Shabeer Shaik's case

  • IC1 - 2011-09-30 11:59

    All pretoria residents should change their number plates to match his and see the chaos that errupts LOL Fu(king ANC A$$HOLES

  • - 2011-09-30 12:26

    Thats utter cr@p. The whole municipality is corrupt so they wont betray each other. ID10Ts

  • - 2011-09-30 12:35

    So now he can get the promotion that he wanted. Its ANC policy.....give him a bells as well. SIR TOPCOP - can i use your number plates on my taxis as well - looks good. It also does not matter if the vehicle is licenced as the BMW was stolen and 'apparently' recovered.

  • Al - 2011-09-30 12:52

    Sooooooo openly corrupt. How can anybody vote for these clowns?

  • Gibbonater - 2011-09-30 13:06

    And the ratepayers must carry on paying for this filth to steal, steal, steal. I hope defense attornies are taking note of all these dubious judgements we have read about for future reference when defending a client. ANC filth.

  • Vince York - 2011-09-30 13:59

    Unacceptable secrecy! Zero transparency!And if his contract does not have clauses relating to code of acceptable conduct after criminal charges have been proven and he is convicted then, he will be in transgression no matter that this fast departmental "early statement" wants to absolve him from dismissal!

  • Werner vd Merwe - 2011-09-30 14:00


  • Kevin - 2011-09-30 14:32

    I have 5 vechicles . I have just used my trailer registration to have 4 more number plate sets made which I will now use on all 5 vehicles seeing as it is legal. Of course i also only need 1 liscense now.

      Enquizo - 2011-09-30 15:40

      How are they going to book a trailer for speeding?? No friggen engine DUH

  • Hugh - 2011-10-01 06:43

    sorry are we being told that if you deliberately commit a crime then it is allowed under the code of employement. Moreover if that crime is one that you enforce daily that it is not against the code of employment. I fail to see the logic.Surely the crime has a higher standing as it is the enforcer that is the criminal.

  • bbcronk - 2011-10-01 08:51


  • hammond.david - 2011-10-02 07:39

    Differential Justice is the order of South Africa.

  • Kate - 2011-10-02 09:23

    You wonder why you are called "pigs". Because you are !!

  • Adrian - 2011-10-02 19:39

    The prima facie evidence of a corruption riddled cover up is still rather obvious boys. Seems the carpet is too small or there is already too much dirt swept under it. Sweep harder or get a bigger carpet I'd say. MacBride cost us the taxpayers 12 Million. That is 6 million for each year in jail if he ever goes. Expensive business this justice thing.