Bribe: dad in the dock

2012-10-16 00:00

A MAN who tried to bribe a Richards Bay prosecutor to “lose” a docket implicating his sons in the murder of a local manager was sentenced for corruption yesterday.

Muziwenhlanhla Majola (58) from kwaMthethwa received three years in prison, half the term suspended for five years.

His target was a prosecutor in the Richards Bay District Court.

According to the charge sheet, Majola approached the prosecutor in February, offering him R3 000 in cash “to get rid of a case docket” implicating his sons in pre-meditated murder.

State prosecutor Chantal Govender asked the court not to be lenient on the accused.

“The only punishment fit for this crime is imprisonment; not a fine or suspended sentence,” she said.

Magistrate Jozua Badenhorst said in sentencing he had to consider what effect Majola’s action would have on the “core of society” if corruption is seen as normal.

“The sentence being handed down must deter others from committing such an offence,” said Badenhorst.

Reports by both the Department of Correctional Services and Department of Social Development said the accused showed “no remorse for his actions and maintained he was not guilty”.

Muziwenhlanhla’s sons, Buhlebuyeza Majola (24) and Sibusiso Majola (25), allegedly murdered Bell Equipment employee and former Numsa unionist Abednego Nxumalo (49) on the morning of August 12, 2011 while he was reversing out of his driveway in Bauhinia Bend, Arboretum.

It was rumoured at the time that Nxumalo’s name was on a “hit list” of Bell employees out of favour with the union.

Nxumalo was a shop steward at Bell until 1999, when he moved into management in the human resources department.

Nxumalo’s death came just weeks after a nationwide strike by Numsa.

Bell Equipment shop steward Dumisani Shezi said at the time he had heard “rumours of a hit list of Bell employees”.

Buhlebuyeza and Sibusiso’s trial is scheduled for Mtunzini high court next March.

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