Prosecutor jailed for corruption

A former Pietermaritzburg control prosecutor has been jailed for five years for corruption after he tried to have three drug dealers freed.

Zandile Radebe (45) was the control prosecutor in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court in 2006 when lawyer Frans Mashile offered him R150 000 to arrange for his three clients to be freed.

The three were on trial in Newcastle following their arrest in possession of 556 kg of chemicals, worth R50 million, used for the manufacture of Mandrax.

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‘Cele acted corruptly’

Suspended national Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele acted corruptly and dishonestly in connection with two “flawed” police leases in Pretoria and Durban, an inquiry into his fitness to hold office was told yesterday.

This was the concluding statement of the evidence leader in the matter, Advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga.

“The evidence shows a lack of honesty, while the way the mediation process was handled was crooked and lacked integrity.”

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Hawks swoop on Panday again

Thoshan Panday, the controversial businessman already facing charges of corruption and is also linked to an alleged R60-million police accommodation tender fraud scam, was arrested again late yesterday on fresh, unrelated charges of attempted fraud.

Panday was arrested at his Umhlanga offices by members of the commercial crime component of the Hawks. He was taken to the Hawks head office and kept in custody overnight.

Also arrested late yesterday on the same charges was Captain Aswin Narainpershad, a policeman working in police supply-chain management who had previously been named in court papers in connection with the alleged tender fraud, which is still under investigation.

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Arrest likely over Mpisane charges

A third person who allegedly assisted tax-fraud accused Shauwn Mpisane to generate false invoices, which were submitted to the SA Revenue Service, would “possibly be arrested”, the prosecutor in the matter, Meera Naidu, said yesterday.

One of those involved, Mpisane’s bookkeeper Kishal Reddy, has already pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, forgery and contravening the VAT Act.

A second, Preshan Ramdutt, a graphic artist whose father owned a printing business, is now facing similar charges and will stand trial in August this year.

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Cop due in court for selling uniforms

Cape Town – Suspended police captain Esmerelda Bailey was expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday on corruption charges.

Bailey (43) arrested last year in a police trap, faces charges related to the illegal sale of police uniforms and ammunition.

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Sharpen Hawks' talons and win big

Lobbyist Hugh Glenister said yesterday that he plans to award R100 000 to a Southern African who can offer the best anti-corruption framework for specialist police unit the Hawks.

He is inviting anyone under the age of 30, or a university student, to submit a "best practice" implementation of a Constitutional Court ruling that forced parliament to remedy the Hawks' lack of independence by September.

In March 2011, in a case largely initiated by Glenister, the Constitutional Court ruled that chapter 6A of the SA Police Service Act be sent back to parliament for amendment because it made the Hawks open to political interference.

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A former Pietermaritzburg control prosecutor has been jailed for five years for corruption after he tried to have three drug dealers freed.