Dad who tried to bribe prosecutor sentenced to four years’ jail

2012-05-11 00:00

A 48-YEAR-OLD father who tried to bribe a prosecutor at Impendhle to withdraw a drugs charge against his son in 2010 was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment, half of which was suspended, by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday.

His friend, who was with him when the illegal payment was made, also pleaded guilty to corruption yesterday and was given a wholly suspended sentence of four years’ imprisonment.

The sentences, which were imposed by regional magistrate Jennifer Anthoo, were the result of plea bargains agreed between the state and defence and authorised by the national Director of Public Prosecutions.

Hector Majozi of Impendhle said in a statement that his son had been arrested on a charge of dealing in dagga during 2010 and the case was pending in the Impenhle Magistrate’s Court.

On July 19, 2010, he approached the prosecutor at Impendhle, Buhlebakhe Ngubane, and offered to pay him R2 000 if he would withdraw the case against his son. He arranged to return with the money on July 23.

On that date he went to Ngubane’s offices and paid him the money. He was arrested on leaving the office by members of the organised crime unit, who had set a trap.

Sixty-three-year-old tuckshop owner, Sokheni Morris Makhaye, who admitted he was present and had gone along with Majozi when he paid the prosecutor, also pleaded guilty to corruption. He admitted that he knew Majozi was committing a crime, but said he was truly remorseful for his actions.

Makhaye said he had co-operated fully with the state and the investigating officer in the case and assured the court that he would not engage in criminal behaviour in future. “I have learnt considerably from my present experience,” he said.

His four-year jail sentence was wholly suspended for five years.

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