Jaca wants charges quashed

2012-06-20 13:53

Pretoria - Suspended Tshwane metro police deputy chief Ndumiso Jaca will apply to have all charges against him set aside, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

The beleaguered metro policeman appeared on 11 charges including fraud, and driving a vehicle with unregistered number plates, false number plates, and police lights.

In a brief appearance on Wednesday, Jaca’s lawyer Andre Steenkamp requested a postponement to enable him to draft the application.

Magistrate Graham Travers postponed the matter until September 19.

Travers said legal arguments would be presented orally in court that day.

"Your counsel will address me [on September 19] verbally and I will be able to give my decision. I am however not binding myself to that because I do not know what he will present," Travers told Jaca.

State will oppose application

Prosecutor Heinrich Scholtz indicated that the State would oppose the application to have the charges dropped.

On June 5, Scholtz told the court that amendments had been made to the charges against Jaca, increasing them from nine to 11.

Without going into the details, Scholtz said five of the charges were "major ones", and the rest were "alternatives".

Earlier, Scholtz was ordered by the magistrate to furnish the defence with further particulars relating to the case.

Travers said the State should reveal details, including which BMW vehicle Jaca was accused of driving without the required number plates and registration.

"You have to tell us which car he was driving. Was it a red BMW? The accused needs to know which car we are talking about," he said at the time.

Travers denied Steenkamp's request that the prosecutor disclose where Jaca was accused of driving the vehicle, who owned it, and who had fitted it with a blue light.

On Wednesday, Steenkamp said the details provided by the prosecutor were "not satisfactory".

Jaca, wearing a bright yellow jacket, sat attentively in the dock observing proceedings.

He was charged in March following an EyeWitness News report alleging that he was driving a BMW Z4 with false number plates and police lights.

Jaca was also allegedly seen on a Harley Davidson motorbike with the same number plate.

The Tshwane metro announced in January that Jaca's three-month-long special leave, which began in October, had been extended.

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 13:58

    Jaca is nothing but another cANCer criminal but by cANCer standards, that makes him a hero. Lock the thing up as would happen to any other person committing the same offences.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-20 14:01

    If you want to become a career criminal, join the police force.

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-20 14:03

      First you must join the ANC !!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-20 14:45

      So Isaac: Such an idea you find offensive, and rightly too. No doubt there are many policepersons who have not (yet at least) become corrupt and perhaps a few anc members that have not in some way benefitted from corrupt or unprincipled actions. I would hope that I am correct....BUT the problem is that, I for one, have become totally polarised and prejudiced by the frequency and occurance of unlawful and/or corrupt incidents involving policepersons and/or anc representatives. No doubt there are a whole lot of other categories of people who are going flat out to screw anyone they can for their own benefit. But the difference is that the police (and parliament) are supposed to protect us not screw us. So prejudiced yes, very much...and frankly it going to take a lot to change that and unfortunately all of us have only a limited time on this earth, so it may well be a cold day in hell before we see things coming right!

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-06-20 14:02

    I can see this going on for years, whilst this moron keeps on collecting his salary. By the way, who is picking the tab for his lawyers? Probably the poor beleagured tax/ratepayer.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-20 14:29

    What a nation of criminals and corruptees SA has become! There was a time when such people would have been sentanced to penal servitude to the likes of Australia or Central America. How about we establish Limpopo or maybe KZN..or EC...or!!!!! as SA's penal all accounts only a few residents would have to move to another Province! (With apologies to those few residents).

  • kenneth.mthethwa - 2012-06-20 14:29

    Drop bloody charges...

      fourie.joubert - 2012-06-20 15:46

      Drop bloody dead....

  • Ally - 2012-06-20 15:03

    Fat, arrogant, criminal. That outsize rear end should have been convicted and tossed into a cell a long time ago. What's the delay?

  • Omrisho - 2012-06-20 15:08

    innocent until proven guilty, so why the need to have charges dropped/quashed?? You are innocent right??

  • badballie - 2012-06-20 15:14

    At least there reports let us know exactly why there are no attorneys in heaven, they are possibly the most hated people in the world and beyond.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-20 15:37

    Yes - I want I want I want........ Corrupt Bas$%^rd. Sit down and shut it.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-06-20 15:39

    Why do they need another 3 months to draft an application they already 6 months to do that. What have they done since January or is is now October. Useless bunch of idiots.

  • gski700902 - 2012-06-20 15:45

    It's probably a stupid question, but is Jaco on full pay & benefits whilst on "special leave" ? How do I get "special leave?"....

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-06-20 16:43

      Of course he is on full pay and benefits. If you are connected to the mob then it is an automatic function.

  • Brendon - 2012-06-20 16:23

    Used to be those corrupt Nigerians...not so much anymore...those corrupt South Africans starting to ring home.. :(

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-06-20 16:39

      The Nigerians are in the lower leagues compared to our lot.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-20 18:40

    Why should we respect the law?

  • Johan - 2012-06-20 19:30

    And they walk amongst us. Fortunately they easily identifiable, except in the dark.

  • John - 2012-06-21 11:33

    Hey Jaqa, face the charges, be a man, make the prosecution PROVE you're not innocent. Enjoy your paid leave at government expense. What a lekker job. Could have built a couple of RDP houses with the money, but what the hell, they got it for nothing!

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