Prison head charged with rape

2012-02-25 17:09

The head of Zonderwater Medium B prison near Pretoria has been arrested and charged with rape – and it’s not his first brush with the law.

Tivane Makasane was arrested and charged on December 29 last year as the prison he runs was making headlines for releasing two of the Waterkloof Four murderers.

City Press has learned that Makasane was previously convicted of culpable homicide while running the prison.

Questions are now being raised about how, two years after his 2003 culpable homicide conviction, Makasane was allowed to take up his old position again.

A source at the department of correctional services told City Press the woman who laid the rape charge against Makasane was considering withdrawing the case because she was scared.

In 2001 Makasane was involved in a car accident that claimed a life in Cullinan, east of Pretoria. He was convicted of culpable homicide in 2003 and sentenced to three years in prison.

But according to official department records, Makasane only spent five days at the Pretoria Correctional Centre between February 21 and 26 2003.

He was released on bail pending his appeal against the conviction and sentence.

Correctional services spokesperson Phumlani Ximiya said Makasane’s appeal was successful and his sentence was reduced to a fine.

Two years later, in May 2005, Makasane took up his old job.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that Makasane was arrested on December 29 last year on a rape charge.

When he appeared in the Cullinan Magistrates Court on the charge, police could not provide details of his 2003 conviction and Makasane was released on R1 000 bail.

He returned to work and remains on duty.

On Friday he told City Press, “I can’t answer your questions.” He hung up and did not respond to further requests for comment.

A prison official who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity questioned how Makasane’s conviction was not seen as a deterrent when he was vetted in 2005 for a return to his job.

Makasane will appear in court again on Tuesday to face the rape charge.

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