Priest due in court over R7m bribe

2011-10-07 07:24

Johannesburg - A 73-year-old priest accused of bribery and misusing education subsidies is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.

The priest was arrested in a sting operation on the East Rand on Wednesday when he tried to pay a bribe so that the multi-million rand corruption and fraud would not be disclosed.

The fraud involves about R20m.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said the priest initially offered to pay a bribe of R1.2m and then upped it to R7m.

At the time of his arrest, he was carrying R50 000.

Polela said the man received a substantial amount from the Gauteng education department to run two schools, one in the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Germiston and the other in Denver, south of Johannesburg.

The department said former police commissioner George Fivaz had been appointed to probe the alleged embezzlement.

  • jen - 2011-10-07 07:29

    Oh my Lord! if they not molesting kids, they steal much needed funds.

      Gazzah - 2011-10-07 08:04

      @Jen why don't you check the info about the "priest" before you start generalizing! He is actually a reverend of a church on the east rand!

      Richard Stockenström - 2011-10-07 08:06

      Oh. Grow up

      Grey B - 2011-10-07 08:14

      @ Gazzah. Does it matter what position he hold in any church? His actions are suposed to be through God and people trust that he would do so. This man is worse that a murderer!

      Gazzah - 2011-10-07 08:21

      @GergB I agree that the man is supposed to be an example! But, do not make allegation against a person or generalize that a word like "Priest" is linked to a molester is incorrect!

      Obvious - 2011-10-07 08:24

      He will pay for his sins one day. Theres no bribes in hell.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-07 09:14

      They also need to check people in the education department (those who dispensed the funds to this cockroach). Guaranteed there were a number of bribes paid out as well. LeadSA seems to think this may just be the tip of the iceberg. It's just sad that the Gauteng education department has now decided to close the schools involved. Very disruptive for the students. I hope that whoever is involved with this disgraceful state of affairs has to pay back every cent. (It was reported today that the priest has made some good investments for himself, so it shouldn't be too difficult). George Fivas has been tasked with carrying out the forensic audit, which is a very positive move.

      Lucy Fur - 2011-10-07 09:52

      @Matla,you are the moronic racist, THEY refers to PRIESTS.

      Trevor Lovell - 2011-10-07 13:28

      Jen, ag nevermind, not worth the effort. Ignorance is a such a great form of intolerance. If you cared I could show you that the Catholic Church in South Africa has the single biggest ARV roll-out programme next to the government. It raises hundreds of millions of rands each year to help the poor and destitute. In fact, our parish alone this year is attempting to raise R900 000 for food parcels for 900 families in the Durban area over the Christmas period. Our St Vincent de Paul Society raises hundreds of thousands of rand each for the homeless and destitute and it provides food, medical care(and money therefore) and transport money for the poor and destitute. And, if you are going to remark on such issues, have the dignity to at least not use such blasphemy, it's offensive and if you don't believe in God or religion in general, you should have no reason to use words like that in the first place.

      simone.coetzer - 2011-10-07 14:24

      Very well said, Trevor. Just to put it out there - there have been more cases of molestation in the US Boy Scouts than in the worldwide Catholic Church.

  • Anton - 2011-10-07 07:39

    What a scumbag !!!

  • Celt - 2011-10-07 07:39

    Who is the fool that gave uncontrolled access to this amount of money to this creature Just another example of mismanagement of public funds by our government Every day a new story This government MUST BE VOTED OUT

      FaultyZN - 2011-10-07 08:03

      He is not a government official.

      Celt - 2011-10-07 08:10

      The uncontrolled/unaudited money was given to him by the government ie a minister

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-10-07 08:13

      @Celt, I BLAME ALIENS FOR THIS! every single thing that goes wrong in this country is the fault of aliens. Damn them, we must build starships and destroy them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *running naked, arms flailing, off into the sunset*

      Celt - 2011-10-07 08:35

      @Optimus Too late ANC got to them too. Who would get the contract for the star ships? Zuma junior!!!

  • Christo - 2011-10-07 07:44

    A teacher was collecting test papers from his students after a test when he noticed a hundred dollar bill and a small note tucked inside one of the papers. On the note it said, “One U. S. dollar for one point.” After grading the test, the teacher handed back the test papers to the class. The student who had tried to bribe the teacher received his test paper, together with sixty-four dollars in change!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-07 10:05

      Should have given the student a PD cheque for 64 dollars..instead of cash

  • McDaNife - 2011-10-07 07:47

    Corruption corruption corruption, what can we say its a daily occurrence in our government. When will this stop

  • Sammy - 2011-10-07 07:56

    Who is supposed to check up on these funds or are they shared with the people responsible for them.or did they also only get a SUV out of it?

  • zelda britz - 2011-10-07 08:01


  • Hansie - 2011-10-07 08:01

    This is the kinda guys the ANC cherish

      Ockert - 2011-10-07 08:59

      anc member ?

  • Robert Gabriel - 2011-10-07 08:06

    Silly man, you must not get caught.

      Trevor - 2011-10-07 08:10

      JULLE MENSE!!!!! same old, same old. you are an idiot

  • Agent - 2011-10-07 08:06

    The ANC has taught their people well. Follow the leader.

      Robert Gabriel - 2011-10-07 08:10

      Don't change the sibject to political overestimation, Agent

      Tolerant - 2011-10-07 08:15

      The leader got away, so many others do the same. Corruption will not get less in SA Gov. before the most corrupt leader get shown the door and taken to court again. + 400 charges can't be all nothing.

      zelda britz - 2011-10-07 09:08


  • Monti - 2011-10-07 08:09

    If he is Catholic he will have to go to confession tonight

  • Isabel - 2011-10-07 08:13

    Good - let the greedy be exposed!!

  • Welties - 2011-10-07 08:16

    This priest/minister shows all the attributes of a government employee. I wouldnt be surprised if the ANC offers him a job when his court case is over. They could well put him in charge of "procurement" in the Department of Education.

  • Robert Gabriel - 2011-10-07 08:19

    @Trevor: I am not an idiot. You are stereotype racist for saying that to me. Wena, mean person.

  • William - 2011-10-07 08:20

    throw the swine in a pigs pen!!!!!!

  • Robert Gabriel - 2011-10-07 08:22

    Sho, I have read through meny columns here on this news site. And one thing is clear, everyone has too much hate for everyone else! If humans can't even love and respect one another, how will you change your country?

      Forseti - 2011-10-07 20:49

      Sober point, every article breaks down into vitriolic rhetoric and the entire thread collapses

  • mylord - 2011-10-07 08:34

    even that R50 000 will be very nice gift for weekend plz puff and pass

      Forseti - 2011-10-07 20:53

      Best idea yet!

  • Tlholohelo Likotsi - 2011-10-07 08:39

    Let there be justice.

  • Catarina - 2011-10-07 08:40

    Irrespective of whether he is a priest or any other person, he is cheating people out of an aeducation by misusing their funds. The only solution is JAIL, you freekin lying,cheating fraud.

  • Bratboy - 2011-10-07 08:41

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm what would Max call him, oh yea a "maaifoedie". not to mention the character description that Darren Scott would give. But then again, both are accurate.

  • 2shy2call - 2011-10-07 08:42

    Thereis no more Manna from heaven Pastor you know better, there is no problem making plans for yourself.

  • vis vang - 2011-10-07 08:42

    And....still no news about Peter Davies who exposed his voeltjie to a minor at gym in Gauteng.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-07 09:09

      Not sure if News24 can keep up with all the goings-on - there are so many of them :)

      vis vang - 2011-10-07 09:44

      Hardly, they relegated it to the Sports section with not so much as as a peep about the reasons for his dismissal, where I might also add, comments are not allowed.

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:57

      Gt over it. Or are you jealous that he didnt flash his mini-malema to you?

      vis vang - 2011-10-07 10:39

      @EnglishBoer, if he exposed his voel to you, you'd have a hard time responding, (with a full mouth and dirt on your knees).

  • parkavenue - 2011-10-07 08:45

    No checks and balances , no accountability and for the last time, the government has no f%$ken money, its tax-payers money

  • Bandit - 2011-10-07 08:51

    they are all a bunch of thieves - ALL pastors and their ILK. Stealing the life blood from the poor with fear and rhetoric. I say line em all up and ........( chase them out of SA )

      David - 2011-10-07 09:08

      Wakey wakey bandit buddy, find out the difference between a protestant and a jesuit

  • yyxx - 2011-10-07 08:53

    haha :)

  • Sam - 2011-10-07 08:57

    Let he without sin cast the first stone...

  • Johann - 2011-10-07 09:01

    Went to the same school as Boesak

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-10-07 09:06

    Well done to LeadSA for exposing this disgraceful and extremely sad state of affairs.

  • coconuts - 2011-10-07 09:11

    What church is he from and what are they doing about this?

      Trevor Lovell - 2011-10-07 16:19

      He's a minister from the Scandinavian Baptist Church

  • Johnny - 2011-10-07 09:12

    Corruption in government and now religious ppl are doing the same... dammit... whatever your color i dont care but you really put shame onto your believers...

  • Rural Developer - 2011-10-07 09:13

    This is the best. Of course he was corrupt. he was a ranking public servant in South Africa. He could ne not be corrupt? I love the part about how he is a man of "god".... hahaha

  • Doug - 2011-10-07 09:24

    Don't forget the issue that kids were starving as a result of this 'man of the cloth' greed. Kids were eating a measly meal a day. Maybe the government should have had audits in place as to where and how the money that they give (our tax) is being spent? WHY is it that PRIVATE companies need to discover the corruption? why doesn't government have anything in place? AGAIN GOVERNMENT FAILS. How many more instances of this are out there??

  • jon.poole2 - 2011-10-07 09:40

    Wow! What an honest cop to refuse the bribe. Promote him to Cele's position immediately!

      WarDog - 2011-10-07 09:54

      Actually that is grounds for demotion or dismissal in South Africa today.

      Antwahn - 2011-10-07 16:15

      It was not a cop -never! It was a journalist. You know, the people who the corrupt malfoeidies want to muzzle.

  • Ralph2 - 2011-10-07 09:50

    Gone are the days when when one could say;"If you can't trust a clergyman you can't trust anyone."

  • JustinD - 2011-10-07 09:52

    Hang that thief...

  • Murrv - 2011-10-07 09:53

    The whistleblower who chose to not accept a R7m bribe should receive a medal or something. How many of us would have taken the money and run?

      cliffarc - 2011-10-07 10:26

      - Hmm - maybe the whistleblower wanted a higher offer.

  • Ralph2 - 2011-10-07 09:57

    Scandinavian Baptist Church? Never heard of it. The word reverend is meant to be an adjective not a noun. To refer him as The Reverend without his name is incorrect. Just adding more useless information to this column

  • robbieyahu - 2011-10-07 10:04

    hahaha !!! typically a priest !!! how long have i been telling people to flee from their churches ...Religion is evil !!! period !!

      RM012 - 2011-10-07 10:54

      Oh please - that's such an idiotic comment. This could have been ANYONE in ANY position of power. FYI - he's a pastor in a church, NOT a priest. Funny how people love to give him a hard time because he is of a religious vocation. Look at the world around you sunshine - people are evil, NOT Christianity.

      Trevor Lovell - 2011-10-07 16:16

      Your mention of good and evil implies a belief system. Mine belief system happens to be a structured religion. Are you effectively saying should not believe in anything? I defy you to try and live such a grey soup of a life. If we have nothing to believe in, what have we at all?

  • Trevor Lovell - 2011-10-07 13:19

    I'd like to insist that News 24 remove the title Priest from this column as well as the image attached to it. News 24 should get it's facts straight first. This man is not a priest ie Catholic. According to various reports this man is 'The minister, who heads the Scandinavian Baptist Church on the East Rand, is the owner of two private schools.' I am disappointed that News 24 immediately use Catholic priests knowing full well that they will raise the ire and controversy they seek. I wonder whether News 24 would have even considered publishing this story if they couldn't falsely replace 'minister, who heads the Scandinavian Baptist Church' with priest.

      RM012 - 2011-10-07 15:57

      Well said Trevor. It's sensationalism at it's best.

      cuckoo2011 - 2011-10-07 17:31

      Hi Trev, I've complained to News24 about the image as well! They use the image of "white hands in handcuffs" many times when the criminal is obviously black!

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  • PCW - 2011-10-07 15:10

    This story is going to get bigger, and bigger. Fivaz is investigating, and he is uncorruptable and the truth will be told. Watch this space.

  • kilo39 - 2011-10-07 16:24

    Checks and balances are obviously not in place to avoid this type of incident. I think it is high time that Ministers take responsibility for their areas of operation. 'Vicarious liability' must be applied forthwith as it seems that senior government officials earn big yet are not held accountable. This situation is untenable. The President must start firing a few of these untouchables. Can the ANC caused chaos get any worse....sadly the answer is probably !

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