Oscar-winning S.Africa 'gangster' guilty of fraud


The star of an Oscar-winning South African film about gangsters pleaded guilty to fraud on Wednesday and was fined for possessing a fake drivers license.

Presley Chweneyagae, whose powerful performance as the title character helped "Tsotsi" ("Gangster") win the 2006 Academy Award for best foreign film, said he was sorry for breaking the law in real life, the SAPA news agency said.

"I'm only human and sometimes people make mistakes. I just want to say sorry to all South Africans and I want other people to learn from my mistakes," Chweneyagae, 22, said after entering a guilty plea.

The court sentenced him to six months in prison or a fine of 5000 rand ($714). He opted for the latter and paid 3000 rand, with the balance to be paid at a later date.

Chweneyagae was arrested in January for driving with a fake drivers license from the Ivory Coast doctored to look like an international driver's license.

South Africa's drivers license requirements are notoriously strict and the testing system hard to negotiate, making fraudulent licenses big business.

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