Metro cop charged over fake plates

2011-09-19 14:14

Pretoria - Criminal charges have been laid against Tshwane deputy metro police chief Ndumisa Jaca after claims that he used false number plates.

The Justice Project SA (JPSA) said it laid the charges at the Alberton police station last Friday 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 on Monday.

This will be the fourth investigation into the matter since the allegations against Jaca surfaced last Tuesday.

The Independent Complaint Directorate, the Road Traffic Management Corporation and the City of Tshwane were also looking into the matter.

Dembovsky said no criminal charges had been laid against Jaca until now, adding it was clear that none would have been forthcoming if it were not for the JPSA.


"There is clear cronyism being practised in this matter. The charges were not a simple traffic fine issue as some seem to believe. They are of similar severity as drunk driving and fraud."

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

Last week, the Pretoria News published photographs of a yellow Harley Davidson motorcycle and a black BMW Z4, both of which had the number plate BALTY GP.

According to the report, the car and motorcycle belonged to Jaca, who was also acting police chief.

Eyewitness News, which investigated the numberplate saga, has reported the BMW was written off in March 2008. It said that Jaca bought the car from Salvage Management and Disposal for R80 000 during the same 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 deregistered as of last week Monday.

However, Jaca later put the car though a roadworthy test at the Randburg licensing station in Johannesburg.

Dombovsky said the car was now registered as a built-up (code 3) vehicle, after it was licensed at 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.

  • DW - 2011-09-19 14:25

    "Dembovsky said no criminal charges had been laid against Jaca until now, adding it was clear that none would have been forthcoming if it were not for the JPSA" - so now the charge has been laid, but we all know nothing will come of it. I laid a charge of fraud, gave the evidence to the police, the fraudster even gave a full statement admitting her part, but nothing ever came of it. They lost the docket. There are ways and means in this country to avoid being found guilty. As it is, this charge makes him eligible for the top cop position. We all know you have to break the law to become an ANC politician

      Civil_Rights - 2011-09-19 14:53

      I hope the charges wont be fake. I bet even the plates in his kitchen are fake.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-09-19 18:32

      relax @DW any average non-ANC person can read between the lines and see that D-day is coming. Keep your Blackberry and Twitter at hand. These guys are going to get their dues. My bad - one or two ANC guys have read between the lines and tried to get Blackberry codes released. Egypt led the way Viva Libya.

      Delusion - 2011-09-19 22:47

      This deployed comrade cadre now qualifies for a re-deployment promotion. The re-deployment / promotion will follow right after his hearing that will take 9 months (on FULL pay) whilst receiving a couple of million Rand in legal support - with taxpayer's money. And those who have a problem with a little corruption / dishonesty by a comrade with or without struggle credential are all in your pants anti-rrrrevolutionary racist colonising criminals who - control the (white) press.

  • - 2011-09-19 14:32

    Don't hold your breath. However, congrats to the media and JPSA for exposing this fraudster and at least making the public aware of what goes on.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-19 14:33

    Scumbag GP.

  • Nipcat - 2011-09-19 14:38

    Once again it is the media that exposed this. Don't tell me no-one at the metro noticed!?

  • Coconut - 2011-09-19 14:44

    Judging from this report I feel that one can safely assume that he has been involved in other illegal activities. After all why would he deem it wise to drive around with false number plates.

      TextOfReason - 2011-09-19 14:51

      I'm more interested in what his insurance claim for the BMW was like, considering he thought it was worth buying back from his connections in the Salvage Management and Disposal unit. Screwing around with number plates is one thing, insurance fraud is another...

      daaivark - 2011-09-19 14:53

      Aha. That's the whole point.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-19 14:57

    Suspend this rotten apple!!! He cannot be trusted, so how can this rubbish be a deputy police chief...only in ANC AFRICA!

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-19 15:05

      Problem is if he is suspended it will be on full pay and we all know how long people can string that out. He has behaved like a criminal and should be treated as such. In fact firing should be an option in a case like this, but nowadays people are too frightened to fire anyone ...

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-19 15:25

      Firing shouldn't be an option... It should be mandatory.

  • Bardy - 2011-09-19 14:59

    You are not above the law!

  • Shayne - 2011-09-19 15:00

    Any person with a consience would resign with immediate effect. The people have no values.

      abg100 - 2011-09-19 18:00

      You are joking! This is the anc-no act of fraud or corruption too big,no ammount of money spent on hiring a private plane too much,its considered their right-always above the law!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-19 15:03

    Well done Howard! We need more like-minded people in society who will hold those in power accountable, because let's face it, should it have been any ordinary citizen the consequences would have been dire!

  • willieman - 2011-09-19 15:05

    "motorbike was registered in the name of the president of the Sopranos Biker Club, Moraka Ephraim Mokoka."What is the registration of the bike?Mr Ramokgopa(mayor) please suspend this thug without pay.

  • King Solomon - 2011-09-19 15:09

    Another ANC cadre.

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-19 15:28

    Some animals are mroe equal than others , Remember those words !!

  • Sarcastic - 2011-09-19 15:30

    Gentlemen and Ladies. The press exposed JZ. What happened? He became prezzie. Here looking forward to the next generaal.

  • Jou - 2011-09-19 15:31


  • Brainbow - 2011-09-19 16:08

    There is plenty in a number (plate).

  • Mike - 2011-09-19 16:18

    What about the people that made the number plate(s)? Aren't they obliged to have documents of proof of registration? Why didn't they blow the whistle? Money talks?

      abg100 - 2011-09-19 18:01

      And bulsh&t walks!!!

  • george60 - 2011-09-19 16:42

    Bardy , Jaca is not above the law, he is the law in his domain. Most probably the re-registration is now back dated 3 months?

  • tokoloshe - 2011-09-19 16:51


  • abg100 - 2011-09-19 17:57

    Docket will mysteriously dissappear as usual.Its not what you know but who you know-especially in the anc{they will set you free]

      Kragenhai - 2011-09-19 18:53

      abg100. It's not what you know or who you know. Its what you know about who you know.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-19 18:04

    hehe,with comrades like the pimp-cele,this in nothing strange. the think they are above the law

  • Kabelo Kb Khanyile - 2011-09-19 18:51

    @Tokolosh don't be daft man!it doesn't mean if he's a cop he mus drive around in black citi golf or an almera,he could hav legitimate business interests on the side that allow him to afford such luxuries!let's let the law take it's course&judge this man according to how he does his job,not stupid no. Plates!

  • whmarais - 2011-09-30 11:01

    I can't see what the problem is. If it's an anc government official they can do as they please. They are after all above the law. By the way I'm being sarcastic. I see lots of comments here from ANC types who support this scumbag. If it was a white DA official he would have gotten a 3 year jail sentence as is the allotted maximum jail time for such an offence, but I guess since the culprit is an ANC government official he can get away with it.

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