Court manager gets 22 years for fraud

2012-04-26 08:01

Polokwane - A Tzaneen court manager was sentenced to 22 years in prison by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court for fraud, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said Ngwako Paris Makgopa, 53, was convicted of defrauding the department of justice of R286 291 during 2007.

Makgopa was arrested in 2010 after fraud irregularities were discovered.

Ramatseba said Makgopa inflated the prices of furniture procured for the court and in return received kickbacks from the suppliers.

Makgopa was found guilty last month on four counts of fraud.

  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-04-26 08:11

    sorry, but that is a little over the top. In this case the punishment does not match the crime.

      Greg - 2012-04-26 08:57

      Considering fraud and corruption in our government departments has become so wide spread and an actual everyday occurrence, I think it's great that they have handed down a sentence as harsh as this, how else is this kind of behavior to be is becoming a South African past time!!

      Andre - 2012-04-26 09:00

      An example has to be made of him seeing, that he is supposed to have be an example of honesty, working for the department of justice!

      Fred - 2012-04-26 09:06

      Sorry, Peper, I don't agree with you. If more sentences like this were handed down it would make officials think twice before they become corrupt. Now when are we going to see this sort of action taken against the disgusting, corrupt ANC politicians and their cronies ?????

      Ray - 2012-04-26 09:07

      He is obviously not an ANC member or he would not have been prosecuted-just"redeployed".

      mike.clery - 2012-04-26 09:26

      I doubt whether the "22 years in prison" is correct. It's probably 22 years in total for the four counts, making it 5 years each running concurrently. And even then, most of the sentence was probably suspended .....

      Kala - 2012-04-26 09:38

      If you equate that to Rands per year in jail, then someone like Malema should be on the inside for a hell of a long time.

      Hester - 2012-04-26 13:02

      Yes Peper, this person was probably not "connected".

  • Deon - 2012-04-26 08:13

    Well done, rapist and murderers should also always get 20+ years.

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-04-26 08:21

    thats a lot of money.....not worth 22 years

  • Cindy - 2012-04-26 08:24

    Ok so a court manager gets 22 years but ministers and government officials doing exactly the same thing gets suspended with full pay?? how does that work?

      Deon - 2012-04-26 08:50

      Our "dear leader" should then get 220 years if his cases ever get re instatted.

      Kala - 2012-04-26 09:39

      Deon - Probably longer if you work it out to Rands per year.

  • Zinhle - 2012-04-26 08:26

    justice people doin unjust things, hyooooo. Does justice exist in SA?

  • michael.hambidge - 2012-04-26 08:30

    And richard mdluli defrauds the south african public of millions only to get his job back with no repercussions. Fork

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-26 08:34

    Its unbelievable how some of these people who are already getting huge salaries for doing nothing really apart from undermining activity's instead of loyalty, dedication and good work ethnics use their time to enrich them selves even further at the cost of the public.

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-26 08:41

    Deon , surely the next step would be life or death penalty to get the balance right

      Deon - 2012-04-26 08:52

      That would be a good idea, although some people say life is only 25 years?

  • slymsloot - 2012-04-26 08:45

    R286 291 divide by his sentence means he earned R1084pm. FAIL!

  • tobydt - 2012-04-26 08:46

    Hehehe, 22 years for R300,000. Good. Just funny that the ANC top dawgs get away with stealing millions.

  • jacqueskleinloog - 2012-04-26 08:50

    And a mother killing her child got 15 years...???? A crime is a crime and one should pay, but judgments sometimes makes no sense.

  • JJ - 2012-04-26 08:51

    22 years? For R 290K? No man, then murders get 10 - 15 years? Yes, Makgopa commit a crime but the court was overly harsh in this case...where is the consistency?

  • Jim - 2012-04-26 09:15

    If he was in China, he would get a bullet in the back of the head..

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-26 09:23

    So much of this sort of thing going on. I'm pretty sure R200K is nothing in comparison.

  • Jabulani - 2012-04-26 09:33

    @Peper,most of us in the forensic investigations environment applaud the sentence meted out by the court mainly because of the deterrent effect that it serve on would-be fraudsters. In actual fact, this story was suppossed to be on front pages of all major newspapers so that people can see what the consequences of crime are. Nothing is mentioned about the corruptor(s), why were they not charged?

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-26 11:52

    effective 20 years? If so, then good stuff and well done to the Magistrate if not the what was the effective term of imprisonment?

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