The Pretoria District Court has sentenced two police constables from the South African Police Service (SAPS) to four years of direct imprisonment, after being convicted of corruption worth R1000, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said. Puleng Peter Seshoka and Zakhele Ronnie Mtsheni, both aged 40, were charged for an incident which took place in…
Puleng Peter Seshoka and Zakhele Ronnie Mtsheni, both aged 40, were charged for an incident which took place in February 2019. A motorist they had both approached filed a complaint against the pair, claiming they had wanted R1000 in exchange for not making him pay R5000 in ‘bail’ money.
“On 27 February 2019, when the complainant was at Centurion Mall, the two-constable approached him in his car, telling him his car looked suspicious and demanded to search it. They discovered that the license disk had expired, but still was within the grace period, they then told him to choose between following him to the police station, and R 5000 bail or giving them R1000. After the complainant opted to pay the R1000, they took his belongings while he went to withdraw the funds and returned them when he gave them the money”NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana
NPA WELCOMES SENTENCE AGAINST CORRUPT OFFICERS
According to the NPA, which welcomed the sentence, the motorist filed a complaint against the officers the next day. The matter was then investigated by the SAPS Anti-Corruption Unit and lead to the two constables eventually being summoned to court on 7 October 2020.
They were later released on warning and pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.
In aggravation of sentence, Prosecutor, Cassius Mona, asked the court to impose a sentence that will send a strong message, that corruption will not be tolerated especially in a country where Police officials are accused of corruption and lack diligence in executing their duties.
Mona further told the court that the two constables should have known better as they were placed in a position of trust and authority but betrayed that trust.
“The Director of Public Prosecution, Adv. Sibongile Mzinyathi, thanks to the great teamwork done by the investigating team of the SAPS anti-corruption unit, and the Prosecutor which led to the conviction and this sentence,” Mahanjana said.