The Dogg is MVA road ambassadorBy: DENVER KISTING
MARTIN ‘The Dogg’ Morocky yesterday claimed a public prosecutor forced him to admit that he had forged a car licence disk.
According to the 29-year-old kwaito artist, “I paid a fine not knowing what I paid for, because the prosecutor forced me to admit guilt”.
This came after the State earlier this month withdrew criminal charges against him in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on condition that he pay a N$4 000 admission-of-guilt fine on a charge of forging a car licence disk.
In an ironic twist, Morocky was recently chosen as the 2012 road safety ambassador of the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF).
His main role is to educate the youth on responsible road safety behaviour, MVAF spokesperson Catherine Shipushu said yesterday.
According to Shipushu, the honour was bestowed on Morocky after he won the best kwaito award in the recent Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs). “The fund sponsored the best kwaito category because that music is very popular amongst the youth.”
People like Morocky have “lots of influence that you’d like to leverage because of the popularity of that music and the artists in that genre”, Shipushu said.
Statistics have shown that the majority of people who die in road accidents are between 16 and 35 years old, she added.
Shipushu said The Dogg would remain the road safety ambassador for a year. “The Dogg was not found guilty. We’re not going to deny him that opportunity. If he was found guilty, let’s give him the opportunity to learn from his mistakes and educate the young people.”
Morocky receives a performance fee when working for the MVAF, she said.
The artist yesterday said he sees no conflict between his appointment as road safety ambassador and the fake licence disk saga. “I am proud to be the ambassador. The case is done and I’ve learnt from that. Next time, I won’t send somebody else to register my car.”
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Morocky paid the fine. If he had not, the criminal charge of forgery would have continued against him.
Morocky apparently bought a second-hand Volkswagen Kombi from a private seller about a year ago.
In December, the driver of the vehicle was pulled off the road because the vehicle was not roadworthy. Morocky was a passenger in the car. A quick check revealed that the licence disc had been forged.
The Dogg was arrested and made his first appearance just before the New Year when he was released on N$1 000 bail. The vehicle was impounded, but according to Police sources, it has been returned to him.