Fake PRDP licence lands taxi-man in trouble

FRANCISTOWN: A middle-aged man appeared before a magistrate on Wednesday to answer a charge of uttering a false document. Bopedi Mosinyi was arraigned before Dumisani Bagopi on allegations of possessing a fake passenger permit. It is said he was caught with the document on January 2010 at a police roadblock along Guy Street.

Constable Thebeyame Lebogang, a traffic officer at Francistown Police Station told the court that the accused was driving a Toyota Corolla and transport personnel Isaac Motlotlegi stopped him and demanded a driver's licence and a passenger permit.  "Later Motlotlegi brought the accused to me and he told me that he suspected that Mosinyi's permit was not genuine.  We examined the permit together and realised that it was written PRPD instead of PRDP and it was also written Section 109 of RTZ instead of Section 109 of RTA," explained Lebogang.
Another traffic officer, Inspector Samuel Masole testified that he examined the PRDP licence and realised that it was not genuine.  He then called the accused to his office and asked him questions about it.

"Mosinyi then told me that he had a PRDP licence before.  After it expired, he went to Transport Department to renew it.  He said he was told to pay P1,800 that he failed to raise.  Mosinyi said he then met another man, Bojosi Kephaketse who offered to make a PRDP for him and he charged him P800.  He said after a while, Kephaketse gave him a PRDP licence," explained Masole.He said he then called Kephaketse, a taxi driver, who denied making PRDP licences.  Masole said he therefore cautioned the accused about the charge and told him that he was opening a case of uttering false documents against him.  He then took the PRDP licence to the Department of Printing for further investigation.

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