The SABC's Limpopo news editor Alph Modiba was arrested and jailed after allegedly lying to law enforcement after he was pulled over in Polokwane when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.
Alph Modiba, working for SABC News in the SABC's Polokwane office, allegedly lied after he became embroiled in an altercation with traffic police after he was pulled over.
Alph Modiba who was released on bail on Friday night and who is charged with defeating the ends of justice, giving false information, and reckless driving, is expected to appear in the Polokwane magistrate's court on Monday.
According to police spokesperson Captain Ntobeng Phala, Alph Modiba was pulled over by traffic cops after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign on Friday morning at the corner of Silicon and Hospital streets.
After he was pulled over and traffic police explained to him why he was stopped, Alph Modiba allegedly became embroiled in a fight with them.
The officers asked for this details, but Alph Modiba allegedly lied and gave a false name. He allegedly also gave a false house number and a false street name.
When asked where he worked, Alph Modiba, allegedly lied further, refusing to say he's working for the SABC's SABC News division, didn't want to give contact numbers and allegedly said he was unemployed.
The law enforcement officials became suspicious and discovered that the driver was allegedly lying.
"If motorists lie and deliberately provide false information to law enforcement, they can be arrested," warns Captain Ntobeng Phala.