Corrupt prison official gets jail time

2011-06-28 21:36

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal prison official was jailed for eight years on Tuesday for defrauding the government of R1.126m over five years.

Pietermaritzburg Regional Court Magistrate Chris van Vuuren said the fraud by Vuleyise Vincent Ngcobo, 53, was carefully planned.

The nature of the crime and his lack of remorse overrode factors such as his age and his 32 years' service in the correctional services department.

Ngcobo worked at Sevontein Prison, a farm prison that produces food for prisons, where he supervised prisoners' cash and claims to the department.

Prisoners are paid for the farm work they do.

Van Vuuren said serious corruption, fraud and theft from the government by civil servants were getting out of control despite pleas from senior officials to desist.

That it had been deemed necessary to implement an anonymous call hot-line to report such matters indicated the depth to which some government officials had sunk.

Soft sentences for such convicted persons would not alleviate the situation, he said.

Ngcobo has lost everything through an application brought by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

- SAPA
Read more on:    prisons
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.