Free State cops get lengthy sentences for corruption, fraud, money laundering and other charges

OCTOBER 2, 2015

Free State police have welcomed the lengthy sentences handed down to three of their colleagues after they were convicted for fraud and corruption. 

According to the police, the three officers, were bust during a project called Spok, which led to the arrest of a total of twenty-one officers on charges relating from theft, corruption, defeating the ends of justice, possesson of gold bearing material and transporting of gold bearing material.

The Welkom Regional Court sentenced the three to an effective fifteen years in jail and were declared unfit to possess a firearm on Wednedsay. 

Free State police said that on the 15 August 2014, an undercover Police agent was approached by the three SAPS members, who searched his vehicle and found a gold nugget valued at R15 708 and weighing 35.7 grams.

"This unwrought gold was taken and the Police Agent was not arrested. It was also discovered that the gold seized was not brought in the Police store as exhibit.  The entire incident when members took the gold from the agent’s car was recorded."

That was when the trap was sprung. The officers were then dismissed from the Police Service through internal process and they were also found guilty as charged by the Welkom Regional Court.

Former Captain Rahab Mankokone Letsie, 47; Constable Tshidiso Johannes Macala, 34, and Constable Kedibone Elsie Dlamini, 34, were facing the following charges - theft; contravention of Section 4 [1] read with Sections 1 and 20 [1] of the Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005; Contravention of Section 13, read with Section 1 and 20[2] of the Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005; defeating or obstructing the administration of Justice; extortion / corruption and contravention of Section 4[a] and / or [b] read with Sections 1 and 8 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 - Money Laundering.

All three accused were respectively sentenced to an effective term of 15 years imprisonment.