Cop, wife in court for graft

2010-09-15 17:06

Johannesburg - A Brakpan policeman and his school teacher wife appeared in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Wednesday charged with corruption, fraud and theft, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Sekwati, aged 48, and his wife Mamogadi Maria, aged 42, allegedly defrauded the state of about R500 000 after the officer allegedly improperly authorised tenders to a company owned by his spouse, Colonel Neville Malila said in a statement.

The couple was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday morning at the Brakpan police station. They were granted R10 000 bail each and expected to return to court on October 28.

Gauteng police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros warned that police officers who tarnished the service's professional image would be "severely dealt with".