Prosecutor jailed for corruption

2012-04-03 00:00

A FORMER Pietermaritzburg control prosecutor has been jailed for five years for corruption after he tried to have three drug dealers freed.

Zandile Radebe (45) was the control prosecutor in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court in 2006 when lawyer Frans Mashile approached him and offered him R150 000 to arrange for his three clients to be freed.

The three were on trial in Newcastle following their arrest in possession of 556 kg of chemicals worth R50 million that could be used to manufacture Mandrax.

According to testimony, Radebe approached the prosecutor in the drug case, Terence Ncwane, with an offer of money and the promise that he would be promoted to magistrate.

Instead Ncwane alerted the police.

Radebe and Mashile were arrested in Durban when Mashile handed over R109 000 to Ncwane and R39 000 to Radebe. Mashile admitted guilt in a deal with the state and testified against Radebe.

He was fined R500 000 and given a 10-year suspended jail term. He was also struck off the roll of attorneys.

The drug case was transferred to Durban and the three accused were all jailed for 20 years in 2008.

Radebe, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted by magistrate Sharon Marks in Durban last month.

After argument in mitigation of sentence, Marks imposed a sentence of 10 years, with five years suspended. Radebe was fired by the National Prosecuting Authority in 2007.

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