Hlophe's son fined for fraud

2012-06-25 21:49

Cape Town - Thuthuka Hlophe, son of Western Cape Judge-President John Hlophe, was sentenced on Monday to a fine of R10 000 or six months in prison for fraud.

He was sentenced to an additional 12 months' imprisonment, without the option of a fine, but conditionally suspended for three years.

Hlophe appeared in the Bellville Regional Court in Cape Town, before Magistrate Kenny Pieterse.

Pieterse ordered him to repay R8 000 advanced to him by a friend, who gave the money on the understanding that a cheque for R8 000 that Hlophe had deposited into the friend's account, was good.

As it turned out, the cheque "bounced".

Monday's proceedings took the form of a plea bargain for the second time, but this time negotiated by Hlophe's new legal team, counsel Thembalihle Sidaki and attorney Njabula Masuku.

The charge involving the R8 000 related to one of the three fraud counts that were treated as one.

A second fraud count related to two dishonoured cheques that Hlophe paid for the hire of a luxury car.

The third involved a loan Hlophe applied for with Capitec Bank, with the fraudulent use of his cousin's identity document.

On a fourth count, Hlophe pleaded guilty to transgressing the Identification Act, this relating to his use of his cousin's identity document for the bank loan.

For this, Hlophe was sentenced to an additional six months' jail, conditionally suspended for three years.

At the request of his legal team, Hlophe was permitted to pay his R10 000 fine in two instalments - the first immediately and the second by 7 August.

  • WimpieN - 2012-06-25 21:58

    Is he paying with 2 post-dated cheques?... I wonder.....

      art5SA - 2012-06-26 02:05

      Wonder if those cheques were from DUNLOP too?

      Papa-storm - 2012-06-26 09:10

      you put your savings thats laying around with capitec you dont make loans by them

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-06-25 21:59

    Sort of runs in the family. Like father like son !

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-26 05:08

      A son to be proud off! Part of his training for his cabinet.

  • ntemi.mark - 2012-06-25 22:07

    i think something has 2be done about the media,why mention judge hlophe in all this?media can't be left unattended really they behave very badly

      holden.gardnercaulfield - 2012-06-25 22:12

      But why a picture of his father and not him?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-25 22:31

      I don't think the media behaves badly at all. Judge Hlope is a senior judge and his sons Behaviour is not fitting for someone who should know better. Has he no respect for his father? Has he given no thought to the embarrassment he would cause his father?

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-06-25 23:08

      There is a strange democratic thing, it is called "In The Public Interest" - and this principle applies in South Africa too. When Mark Thatcher tried to finance a revolution in an African state with his own money, his mother's name was dragged into it too! Judge Hlope is not reputed to be as pure as driven snow and is accordingly also subject to public scrutiny, and if his son is involved in illegal activities it reflects on the father too. Public scrutiny is a fundamental freedom that forms an integral part of a true democracy. If the media is not free we will fall back into the evil ways of the past when everything published was heavily censored and only the National Party's viewpoint was "true". Do you want to go back there????

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:25

      What would the sentence have being if it was a 'not connect' person?

      don.richards.1044 - 2012-06-26 06:25

      Perhaps you don't know it, but South Africa is a DEMOCRACY......and freedom of the press is part of the system.......I would think somethig should be done about the crime on a much larger scale

  • judanthebe.masenya - 2012-06-25 22:33

    Why his father`s picture this is disgusting

      Koos - 2012-06-26 02:55

      Identity theft and he gets a suspended sentence. Lock him up.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 03:08

      You are 100% correct. Its not a good picture hey. They didn't capture his good side.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 02:56

    They say an apple doesn't fall far from the tree,,well when Hlophe's son fell from his rubber tree,,he bounced and bounced and bounced etc.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-26 03:49

    How far did this vrot apple fall from the tree ??

      Sharon - 2012-06-26 06:51

      It landed on the bottom branch

  • Elvistorams - 2012-06-26 04:41

    This guy must serve his sentence without a fine because he knew he was commiting crimes in a sequence and surely he knew that he can afford a legalteam to walk free or get a minor he should b made example because he is using his fathers avantage.he should have been given a straight sentence without a fine or suspention,i mean fraud,fase identity,and using a bounced cheque.all these done by a person who knew from the begining,come on south africa are we still trying people checking who has got mnoey and who is who?.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-26 05:26

    What I find amazing is that thieves and fraudsters cannot pay their debts, yet they can afford legal teams. One would think that they would automatically ask for a public defender.

      Sharon - 2012-06-26 06:50

      Probably paid for by his father who also appears to be a fraud!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-26 06:00

    Justice........ my a&& !!!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-06-26 06:48

      It surely sends a clear message that it is oK to commit fraud....

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-26 06:25

    The first 2 charges he could get away with fines and suspended sentences but the 3rd he surely should have served some time in prison- given identity theft crisis in the country, and he defrauded a bank that takes criminal planning, cunning and lack of fear of punishment that in turn makes him a potentially dangerous criminal.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-26 06:30

    Typical - taught his ways by his father. Same genetic disease exists in all cadres, it seems.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-26 06:49

    Typical!!! A crook in the making!

  • Andre - 2012-06-26 07:20

    It is said that crime in SA is caused by hunger. This is living proof that it is not necessarily so. It is caused by greed!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-26 07:27

    In training for a top government post.

  • connie.heuer2 - 2012-06-26 12:22

    This does'nt say much for South African Justice.If one has family in high places one can get away with anything.

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