Official gets bail

2018-12-05 06:00

The Deputy Director in the Free State Premier’s office Abigail Nakedi (39), reportedly found on the wrong side of the law, is out on bail of R15 000.

She was granted bail on 20 November during her second appearance in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court.

She appeared in court earlier in November following her arrest on 7 November by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation unit in Bethlehem.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, Hawks provincial spokesperson, said Nakedi was facing charges of fraud and corruption relating to alleged bribery for the release of an armed robber convicted in 2014.

“Nakedi allegedly approached a court official and solicited a stamped liberation form in exchange of a bribe to facilitate the release of an inmate who is serving 12 years in Goede­moed Correctional Service. The inmate is serving term for a cash in transit offence which happened in Lindley. The court official played along and alerted the Hawks.

Nakedi was arrested after paying the alleged bribe money. Upon her arrest a vehicle, cell phones, a laptop and a date stamp that was allegedly used to stamp the release form, were confiscated,” said Nyakane. He said Nakedi alleges the convicted armed robber is her brother.

Nakedi is expected to reappear in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court on 4 February 2019.

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