Muvhango actor Amos Mulaudzi is having sleepless nights because of the unbelievable number of traffic fines he has accumulated - all because of another motorist whose car has the same registration number as his.
Mulaudzi, who plays Borosi Mukwevho in SABC2's Tshivenda soapie, says his troubles started in 2007 when the number of tickets increased dramatically. "I noticed that I was getting tickets from places I have never been to."
His suspicions were confirmed when he received a traffic fine that said he had been in Krugersdorp on Christmas Day in 2007. On the day, he had spent quality time at home with his family.
He says Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar of the Johannesburg Metro Police advised him to personalise his numberplate.
Mulaudzi says he paid more than R4000 in traffic fines and still owes about R4000 for the month of May alone.
"Every month I have to waste time, money and petrol to go and clear my name in the places where the clone car collects fines," he says.
His car is a 1997 Honda Ballade with the registration CYM 272 GP.
"My car has mags, a spoiler and a towbar, yet the picture of the clone from the traffic department shows that it does not have any of these features."
Metro police spokesman Edna Mamonyane says Mulaudzi should report the matter to their offices immediately.
"We will write off the fines but keep the car in the system so that we can arrest the driver [of the clone] at a road block," she says.
"With the latest technology, it is possible to catch the culprit."