Malatsi still expected at prison

2012-11-16 18:35

Johannesburg - Former politician David Malatsi had still not handed himself over to Goodwood Prison in Cape Town by Friday afternoon, correctional services said.

By late afternoon he had still not arrived, Western Cape correctional services spokesperson Simphiwe Xako said.

"We are still waiting... We have been here since 08:30 this morning. We don't know his whereabouts..."

Malatsi was expected to begin serving a five-year jail term for corruption after an appeal was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Judge Patrick Gamble took less than a minute to read out his judgment. The "appeal is dismissed and the conviction is confirmed", he said.

The former provincial environment affairs MEC and national deputy social development minister was not present in court when judgment was handed down.

In October 2006, Malatsi was found guilty of corruption by the Cape Town Regional Court for accepting a R100 000 payment from the developer of the Roodefontein Golf and Country Estate to approve the development, despite environmental concerns.

The money was given to him in April 2002 by Count Riccardo Augusto, the owner and developer of the R550m Plettenberg Bay project.

He was sentenced in December 2006 to five years in jail and, at the same time, was granted leave to appeal.

He was granted bail pending the outcome of the appeal.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-16 18:42

    I bet he's far north by now.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-11-16 19:16

      Yup .... I reckon he did a 'runner' the moment he heard his appeal had been turned down. What a surprise ....... he has certainly had enough time to get himself 'sorted'.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-17 09:01

      I think he is hiding in the 'bunker at Nkandla'!

  • eddie.botha.3 - 2012-11-16 18:45

    so what? are they going to fine him for contempt of court! just shows you what our so-called leaders think of their own justice system.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-16 19:08

      This is a perfectly good example why convicted people should not be given bail while an appeal is pending, he is probably halfway across the world by now.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-11-16 18:45

    They are busy building 2.7m houses hahahaha what a government...

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-16 18:46

    Its friday. Who can hand himself in on a friday ?

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-16 20:25

      No officials, too sign him in on a Friday.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-11-16 18:49

    Did u guys check the golfcourse? I hear sheik hangs out over there.

  • issy.monar - 2012-11-16 18:50

    I wonder what would have happened if it was just an ordinary citizen who did not report to the police station.Stop moaning and go get the culprit.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-16 18:51

    he wont! .... he will now play the same tactic that Sheik & Selibi played in order to avoid handing over - why? Because the precedence has been allowed twice so hey why not a 3rd time??

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-11-16 18:58

    Oh my God, this ridiculous story is still going on. I thought people who must go to jail are collected by police from wherever they are and thrown into the van handcuffed. The blatant double standards in dis country are mind boggling! Since when do authorities sit all day waiting for criminals to come strolling into jail?

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-16 19:05

      Police have their hands full. Occasionaly they should trust the crimals to hand themselves in. Only in s.a

      debduplessis - 2012-11-16 19:12

      sthembiso ... where on earth does a criminal hand himself over willingly unless forced to by family or community if he does not have to??? all criminals usually wait until they are collected then arrested for not complying with court order! why... they going to jail anyway whether they hand over or not - in this country they usually wait cos at some point the file is going to be lost & they know it!

      SharonE - 2012-11-16 19:20

      Was he in court when his appeal was rejected? He should have been taken into custody there and then! See how the dealt with Michael Jackson's doctor in America. Cuffs on and Bob's your uncle. Nobody goes to jail willingly!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-16 19:09

    It's Count Agusta, not "Augusto".

      luytster - 2012-11-16 19:24

      And what has happened to him? why is he not in jail as well? It takes two to tango.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-18 15:35

      If you have money you walk. we have the best judiciary money can

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-16 19:17

    Are this politicians above the laws of this country,how can a person b asked to give himself up? Why dont they just go n arrest that man once n for all

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-11-16 19:34

    No, no! Haven't you heard? There's been a sudden outbreak of the ghastly Shaik-Munchausen-Smelebe feigned-death syndrome in his home town. He's breathing his last, and any approach by the law will cause him to hire a better doc -er - lawyer...

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-11-16 19:47

    He might be hiding in the "new bunker"

  • sas.kloppers - 2012-11-16 19:47

    Nope. He had a golf day with Selebi and Shaik.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-11-16 20:03

    A man-hunt should have been ordered by the court on the day the appeal was rejected and Malatsi wasn't there to hear it. What am I thinking? This is SA and not the movies.

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-11-16 20:21

    If he was an ordinary citizen no matter what race, he would have been arrested, handcuffed, driven to the prison and booked in. Double standards is a Hallmark of our government...If only our government knew what the press and normal citizens of other countries around the world have to say about South Africa, its Presidency, Government and Justice System...if only....

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-11-16 20:46

    Malatsi was never \corrupt ANC\ and my friends in this are not talking about his last political he served, DA. It smacks of double standard from those who claim are for pro clean government.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-16 20:50

    Should have kept him locked up in the first place, They knew he would run,but did not bother about it until now.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-17 12:48

    He accepted a bribe in April 2002, convicted in 2006 and he is still free as a bird! Anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Any guesses which hospital he has already booked himself into? Makes me want to puke ! Double his sentence for showing disrespect to each and every South African, living or dead! If he doesn't want to go to prison he must do us all a favour and hang himself!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-18 15:33

      Dewani is still free ....

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