NPA charges Professor over cop uniform

2013-04-11 08:53

Durban - A kwaito musician will have to face the music for wearing an eThekwini metro police uniform to an awards ceremony, the NPA said on Wednesday.

The National Prosecuting Authority had issued a summons for Mkhonzeni "Professor" Langa to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on 17 May, spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said.

He would face charges of impersonating a police officer, possession of a police uniform, and wearing a police uniform, in violation of the SAPS Act of 1995.

He wore the uniform at the Metro FM Music Awards held in Durban on 23 February. He had been expected to appear in court the following week, but the chief prosecutor referred the case back to police for further investigation.

Ramkisson said on Wednesday the investigation had been completed and the senior public prosecutor had decided to take the matter to court.

Under the SA Police Service Act it is an offence for anyone not a police officer to wear a police uniform without permission. The act also regulates unauthorised use of metro police uniforms.

If convicted, Langa could be fined or sentenced to six months in jail. Impersonating a police officer carries a jail term of up to two years.

Ethekwini mayor James Nxumalo was among those who saw Langa receiving his two awards in the uniform.

Comments

  • Joe Raphiri - 2013-04-11 09:19

    Fingerprint ayeye give him a warning is a lesson

  • Khomotso Marabe Mayo Diesel - 2013-04-11 09:43

    which means the mayor doesnt know anything becuase the uniform is the one used by his cops he was suppose to act

  • Trust Nonoe - 2013-04-11 09:59

    Aicona,,,,,,give Mkhonzeni a BELLS,,he even mannaged to charm the metro dude to commit such a transparent crime ?

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2013-04-11 10:05

    I already know outcome: He'll be released on warning because he will claim he didn't know he was committing offence by wearing police uniform. This is a real waste of Police's time.

      Henry Nel - 2013-04-11 12:39

      Question is where does on obtain such a uniform, only source is from an offical officer, and he/she is certainly aware of what the law regarding this is. But then again corruption is the name of the game in SA.

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-04-11 10:09

    :-) silly waste of money. Just fine him. He wore it as a costume for everyone to see. No harm done. Focus on criminals!

  • Cindy Louise Alexander - 2013-04-11 10:55

    That is sooo funny, he wore a metro cop uniform to the metro awards. so classic... high 5 dude!

  • Chris Mariwande - 2013-04-11 19:59

    Come on guys,give the dude a break!

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