Cop outfit lands Professor R3k fine or imprisonment

Mkhonzeni 'Professor' Langa at this year's Metro FM Music Awards. (Gallo)

Mkhonzeni 'Professor' Langa at this year's Metro FM Music Awards. (Gallo)

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

The musician pleaded guilty of contravening the South African Police Service (SAPS) Act by wearing the uniform to the award show in February without the permission of the provincial or national commissioner.

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 Singh reportedly said he was not of the view that Langa had wanted to commit a serious offence 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."

Permission needs to be obtained
The SAPS Act of 1995 states that it is an offence for anyone who is not a police officer to wear a police uniform. Permission needs to be obtained.

Unauthorised use of metro police uniforms is regulated by the Act as well.

Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi, spokesperson for the eThekwini Metro Police, told the Mercury in February that he doubted that Langa obtained permission.

According to the Mercury eThekweni mayor James Nxumalo was among those who witnessed the star receiving his two awards in the uniform. – Sapa

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