Jaca faces eleven charges

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Johannesburg - Suspended Tshwane metro police deputy chief Ndumiso Jaca is expected back in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Amendments were made to the nine charges brought against him, increasing them to 11, prosecutor Heinrich Scholtz told the court on June 5.

Without going into detail, Scholtz said five of the charges were “major ones”, and the rest “alternatives”.

The suspended top policeman and Andre Steenkamp, his lawyer, got the opportunity to briefly inspect the docket and the charge sheet in court. Scholtz also handed a number of statements to the magistrate and the defence team.

This followed magistrate Graham Travers' order the week before for the prosecutor to divulge “further particulars” relating to the case.

Jaca faces numerous charges including fraud, driving a vehicle with unregistered number plates, false number plates, and police lights.

Previously, Travers said the State should reveal details including which BMW vehicle Jaca drove 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.

Travers, however, said Steenkamp's requests to the prosecutor to disclose where Jaca had driven the vehicle, who owned it, and who had fitted a blue light to it, should not be entertained.

Jaca was charged in March following a report that he was driving a BMW Z4 with false number plates and police lights. He was also allegedly seen on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle 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. - Sapa


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