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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.

Comments
  • Worldwise - 2011-06-28 22:58

    Yay. But I bet he will get a bed in the hospital section or be given a medical parole due to old age. He is older than the life expectancy mean in SA.

      thabo9 - 2011-06-29 07:18

      Yeah, will never be able to satisfy the chronic compainers and whiners. Will the people of this country ever learn to see things starring them straight in the face as they are, instead of the perpetually jaundiced eye view? This negative mindset tells more about those who are forever complaining than they realise. Wake up, you are actually harming yourself and those around you (meaning us) more than you realise, for chrissake!

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-29 08:26

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. WeCanDoBetter.co.za is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-06-29 08:26

    Ok, now where is the money he stole?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-29 13:52

    Steal R1.1 million...only 8 years...not bad. Crime certainly pays in SA.

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