Three former top cops jailed

2011-11-07 12:38

Three former Krugersdorp organised crime unit police officers were jailed for between 20 and 25 years by the High Court in Johannesburg today.

Dumisani Jwara, Victor Mpho Jwili and Rasheki Landro Mokgasani were convicted of dealing in drugs last month, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

The three were arrested in 2009, and faced charges of racketeering, dealing in drugs, fraud, theft, attempted theft and defeating the ends of justice.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said Jwara was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Jwili to 22 years and Mokgasani to 20 years.

Mokgasani was the only one not convicted of defeating the ends of justice.

They confiscated drugs, some at OR Tambo International Airport, during their official duties and then sold them to other drug dealers for personal gain.

It also emerged during their trial that they ran a drug smuggling enterprise in the Johannesburg area.

They had their application for leave to appeal their conviction dismissed.

However, Mhaga said the three were granted bail pending their petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

They had to report daily to the Douglasdale, Westonaria and Jouberton police stations between 6am and 8pm.

The three’s sentencing came after a restraint order was granted by the High Court in Johannesburg in February last year authorising the seizure of their assets, valued at approximately R8 million.

These included immovable properties in the up-market northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

Mhaga said the Asset Forfeiture Unit was working on an application to confiscate the restrained property.

“This is the first case where the state has secured a conviction and sentencing for racketeering involving senior law enforcement officers,” he said.

“The conviction follows excellent co-operation between the police and our prosecutors who presented a formidable case,” Mhaga said.

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