Constable found guilty of exploitation


Jacob Mokone Mofokeng (40), a former police constable, was found guilty in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of exploitation.

“Constable Mofokeng was a detective at the Klirivier police station when he investigated a complaint of theft against the complainant in 2017,” says col. Philani Nkwalase, spokesperson for the directorate for priority crime investigations (the Hawks). “He demanded money from the complainant on several occasions and threatened to arrest him if he did not pay.”

An amount of R17 500 was paid to Mofokeng and the matter was reported to the Falcons’ unit in Germiston, which investigates serious corruption. A warrant for his arrest was issued following an investigation by the Hawks.

“He was arrested in 2017 and stood trial on charges of corruption and exploitation. He was released on bail during his first court appearance.”

The case continued and he was found guilty on Friday.

He is due back in court on July 25 for sentencing.

Maj. Gen. Ebrahim Kadwa, provincial head of the Falcons, welcomed the conviction.