False charge costs man a R1 000 fine and a criminal record

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Thabo Donono Mkhuphuki, 25, who was charged for opening a false case, has been convicted and fined R1 000.

“He pleaded guilty in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court. The sentence is welcomed by police as a warning to those who open false cases and waste valuable police resources in the process,” said  Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, provincial police spokesperson.
Said Zwane: ” On 28 September , the accused reported that his vehicle was hijacked in the Margate policing precinct. He alleged he picked up a hitchhiker and that the latter had hijacked him .

“Detectives probing the case were not convinced with his story and he later admitted that he was not hijacked, after being confronted with the suspicions by detectives. A case of defeating the ends of justice was opened against him and he was charged accordingly.”