Perjury lands Gelvandale man in court - released on R200 bail

MARCH 10, 2016

A 33 year-old Gelvandale man appeared in the Gelvandale Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of perjury.

"It is alleged that on Monday, Simphiwe Prins Payi reported to police that he was hijacked on the previous night [Sunday] of his white Ford Icon in Gail Road," said police spokesperson, Colonel  Priscilla Naidu.

"A case of carjacking was opened. Payi alleged that he was held at gunpoint while at the robots in Gail Road and forced out of his vehicle. Police investigations revealed that no such incident took place as the incident could not be captured on the CCTV footage."

Payi’s vehicle was actually found by police on the N2 Highway between Cotswold and Stanford Road on Sunday evening. The keys were still in the ignition. The vehicle was impounded by police.

"After opening the case and being informed that his vehicle was in police custody, Payi wanted to withdraw the case of carjacking. Police suspect that when Payi got out of the vehicle, he had forgotten where he had parked,"explained Colonel Naidu.

"He was arrested on Tuesday and was released on R200 bail and the case is remanded to 30 March 2016."

Police have issued a stern warning to people who open false cases.

"Criminal charges and civil claims may be opened against  the perpetrator should they be exposed. Civil claims  could be instituted to recover costs involved. False reports impact on crime statistics and creates an inaccurate account of crime."