Telkom CEO speaks out on cloned number plates

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko says that he has not been approached by any officials relating to allegations of him cloning his car number plates and running up traffic fines amounting to tens of thousands of rands.

In an interview on Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday (18 February), Maseko said that he was made to feel like he had killed someone.

In July, businessman Mabena Motshoane said he spotted his cloned number plates on a black Range Rover, allegedly belonging to Maseko.

He claimed that Maseko ran up about R30,000 in traffic fines using the cloned number plates.

“I never sold my car to anyone. I sold it to a dealer, a garage when I bought my car. I personalised my number plates, which is the car that I still have.”

“No official has ever been to me to say that there is an issue for us to deal with,” Maseko said.

“I had a car that I sold which had number plates, and then I bought a new car and I inverted the number plates,” he said.

“Nobody has given me the fact that I have a bill,” the Telkom CEO said. He said that the only other encounter with the Johannesburg police came on a day following the first reports of an incident.

He said he received a call from home to say that there were about five traffic police cars – and 12 officers looking for him.  Maseko said he called the police to inform them that he was not in town.

He said the following day, as many as six police cars arrived – 12 officers. “I felt like I killed somebody, I felt like I had done something absolutely horrible. But up until now there has not been an issue, and I have sought not to want to make it an issue.”

Earlier this month, the DA noted that the investigation had stalled.

Kate Lorimer MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety said that the matter is not being dealt with by either the SAPS, the City of Johannesburg and the Provincial MEC for roads.

“On 7 October 2014 I took Mr Motshoane to meet with Provincial Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba, as the case was not being properly investigated.  He undertook to handle the investigation himself.”

“However, it then emerged that National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega wanted to get involved and meet with Mothiba and Mr Maseko. Why would the national commissioner need to get involved in this case?” Lorimer said.

“Needless to say, nothing has happened in this regard.”

Lorimer said that she received notice from the Member of the Mayoral Committe (MMC) stating that as a case has been opened with the SAPS, however, JMPD said it is unable to comment on the matter.

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