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Telkom’s Maseko denies fraud allegations

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has denied allegations levelled against him regarding car fraud.

Reports emerged on Friday that Maseko appeared in Johannesburg’s Wynberg magistrate’s court to face charges of cloning car licence plates to avoid traffic fines.

Another driver, who bought a car previously owned by Maseko, is said to have received R30 000 in fines linked to a newer car with the same licence plate.

In the meantime, Telkom has responded to these allegations in an e-mailed statement.

“Sipho Maseko received a summons to appear in court on 5 June 2015 on allegations related to a motor vehicle licence plate,” said Telkom spokesman Jacqui O’Sullivan.

“The lack of clarity related to these allegations has been a frustration in resolving the issue. Having now received full discovery of the allegations, Maseko is now able to study the detail of the allegations and will respond accordingly.

“Maseko vehemently denies any intention to defraud any person or organisation and the necessary representations will be made to progress this matter.

“Maseko would like to address these claims and he now has the opportunity to do so, through the legal process,” said O’Sullivan.

Telkom further said that the matter has been postponed to 4 September for Maseko “to make the necessary representations”.  — Fin24


  1. Greg Mahlknecht on

    I’m sure there’s a good explanation to all of this, he was probably carrying his old number plates out to the trash, slipped, sheared the pop rivets off the new ones, then accidentally pop riveted the old number plates in their place. It could happen to anyone.

  2. The Emperor has no clothes... on

    I think you’ve giving him far too much credit. He was instructing one of his senior managers to take his trash out and that person instructed someone else who is now busy being retrenched or golden-handshaked (dependent on their political connections) to do it. No-one saw what happened or who did it but it was definitely someone else’s fault.

  3. Come on how does one enter high profile secure areas without writing Up the number plate what a joke shareholders here Is another SC bill in the making.

  4. The guy probably left with full benefits and pension under secrecy mutual agreement

  5. One small, but possibly significant error in your sequence of events. The old number plates never left the original car??? So it’s not possible for those plate to have accidentally pop riveted themselves onto his new car. You will need to “find” another source for those plates that mysteriously riveted themselves to the new car.

  6. Greg Mahlknecht on

    When you register a car, you get a new set of plates even if they’re the same as the old one – just been through the process for my wife’s car, and the dealer will give you a set if you want, “for memory sake”. They’re probably not meant to, but I asked for them and got them no problem. Very innocent reason – I’m doing some license plate recognition R&D and need numberplates to test on 🙂

  7. Yes full in agreement with the real processes as you state. Your first post was very humorous but the guy who bought his old car bought the personalized plates too. So yes if Maseko had another set they had to be made and they were definitely not done in error

  8. Probably more, could like previous chief finance officer with secrecy clause

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