Magistrate won’t send cop ‘to the lions’ in jail, yet

2011-08-03 00:00

HOWICK police sergeant Mlungisi George Khena’s bail application hearing had to be rolled over to today by the area Magistrates Court, due to the absence of one of his legal representatives yesterday.

Magistrate T.J. Nene remanded Khena in custody until today. He was arrested by the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit for extortion last Wednesday.

The investigating officer hinted to the court that he wished to have Khena remanded in prison instead of the police cells, but Nene refused.

“As long as I’m sitting in this court I cannot send Khena to the lions. If he is sent to New Prison now, the next day he will be dead. Until this matter is finalised he will be kept in Loop Street police cells,” said Nene, adding that any police officer or prosecutor sentenced to a jail term is transferred out of his home area.

He told The Witness that he is planning to recuse himself from the case, but did not give reasons.

Khena was arrested after allegedly soliciting a R15 000 bribe to make a case go in favour of Moses Madondo, who was out on bail on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Madondo was arrested in September 2008. Madondo claimed Khena implicated him in the crimes and took statements from witnesses to get him convicted.

In November last year Madondo was granted bail and Khena allegedly solicited bribes from him to make the case go away.

Madondo informed the police about this and the money was arranged last Wednesday.

As he took the money, the police arrested Khena.

The Witness can confirm that on August 14 Khena will be sentenced by the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court for another case of extortion.

Between 2008 and 2009 he solicited bribes from families whose members stood trial for various charges.

After he was found guilty he continued with his police job until he was arrested again last week.

Khena is also a suspect in an ongoing armed robbery case in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate.

Howick police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said he only served a notice of suspension on Khena after his recent arrest.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said they are awaiting a transcript from court to finalise internal disciplinary action against Khena. He said the transcript becomes available once an offender has been sentenced.

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