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Professor fined over cop uniform

2013-04-23 07:55
Johannesburg - Kwaito star Mkhonzeni "Professor" Langa has been fined R3 000, or one month in prison, for wearing a metro police uniform to the Metro FM music awards in February, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Durban Magistrate's Court ordered that half of the penalty would be conditionally suspended for three years, The Star reported.

The musician pleaded guilty of contravening the SA Police Service Act by wearing the uniform without the permission of the provincial or national commissioner.

'He pleaded guilty'

According to the newspaper, prosecutor Desiree Bojang argued that it had become a trend for criminals to pose as police officers, usually to commit serious offences.

Magistrate A Singh reportedly said he was not of the view that Langa had wanted to commit a serious when he wore the uniform.

"And he pleaded guilty, he did not waste the court's time," he said.

"(...) He has accepted the responsibility for the matter and has not shirked the blame, and the court takes cognisance of that."

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