Malatsi gets five-year jail term

2006-12-11 10:45

Cape Town - Former Western Cape Environment and Development planning MEC David Malatsi was on Monday sentenced to a five-year jail term for his role in the Roodefontein corruption case.

Bellville regional magistrate, Andre Le Grange however immediately granted him leave to appeal his conviction.

Malatsi was convicted earlier this year on a charge of corruption after the court found he took R100 000 from Italian, Riccardo Agusta. The money was to smooth the way for provincial approval of Agusta's proposed golf estate development at Roodefontein outside Plettenberg Bay.

Malatsi said on Monday he was "surprised" at the sentence. His R10 000 bail was extended pending the outcome of the appeal.

If the conviction and sentence are upheld Malatsi could serve as little as 10 months in jail. He was sentenced under a section of the Criminal Procedure Act that allows prisoners to be released under correctional supervision after serving one sixth of their sentence.