4 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR POLICE CONSTABLES DUE TO CORRUPTION.1 min read
On the 14 July 2022, Puleng Peter Seshoka (40), and Zakhele Ronnie Mtsheni (40) were granted 4 years of direct imprisonment at Pretoria district court, after being convicted of corruption worth R1000.
The NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana says on the 27th of February 2019, the two-constable approached the victim claiming that his car looked suspicious and demanded to search it, they discovered that the license disk had expired, but still within the grace period. They then told him to choose between paying R5000 bail at police station or giving them R1000. The victim 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.
“The victim reported the Police and after investigations by the SAPS Anti-Corruption unit, they appeared to court on the 7th of October 2020, and were later released on warning. In court the, two pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them,” said Mahanjana. 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.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Adv. Sibongile Mzinyathi, applaud teamwork done by the investigating team of the SAPS anti-corruption unit, and the Prosecutor which led to the conviction and this sentence.