MAKING false statements under oath is a serious offence and offenders will be charged for perjury, warns Wentworth SAPS spokesman, Capt Mbuso Gumede.
Two men found themselves in hot water after they were charged for perjury when caught making a false statement to police last December.
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On 22 December, a 38-year-old man and his accomplice were accused of perjury when they reported that they had been assaulted on Tara Road, Wentworth while seated in a car. “The two reported that a known suspect approached their vehicle and assaulted the man in the passenger seat and damaged the car door. They claimed the suspect fled the scene after inflicting damages estimated at about R6,000,” said Cpt Gumede.
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Detective Constable Cele investigated the case and the matter was brought before the court. When the prosecutor cross-examined the 38-year-old and his witness, he established they had both made false statements under oath.
It was discovered that the incident did not take place at all and they were not at the scene where they alleged the crime had taken place. The two were released on bail and will re-appear in Wentworth court on 26 April.
“Making false statements under oath is a crime and anyone found making such a statement will be charged by police. People should refrain from doing this, because resources are being wasted and people who really need help are deprived of these resources. Report any wrongdoing to Crime Stop at 08600-10111,” urged Capt Gumede.
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