Sipho Maseko is off the hook over charges that he drove a car with falsified number plates. Bloomberg reported on Friday that the state has dropped charges against the Telkom CEO after he appeared in a magistrate’s court in Johannesburg.
It’s not clear why the charges were dropped.
Maseko has been embroiled in a cloned licence plate saga since last year after he was accused of cloning a licence plate to avoid traffic fines.
In July 2014, The Star reported that Maseko was driving around using his previous vehicle’s number plates, which were legally being used by businessman Mabena Motshoane, who had bought Maseko’s old Range Rover.
It reported that Maseko incurred traffic fines totalling R30 000, but these were sent to Motshoane.
By chance, Motshoane saw Maseko’s car on a Pretoria freeway and noticed he was using his number plates. He opened a case with the metro police, and a case of fraud with Booysens police.
Bloomberg said the state had argued that between February 2013 and July 2014, Maseko had incurred R18 000 in traffic fines in someone else’s name.
Bloomberg on Friday said Maseko declined to comment. — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media