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Suspended Deputy Metro Police Chief Ndumiso Jaca. Photo: Phill Magakoe

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.

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. – Sapa


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