Suspended cop, 2 others in court for contacting jailed criminal

2015-10-12 11:22
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Johannesburg - A suspended Limpopo police lieutenant, his wife and a provincial education department official have appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court for allegedly contacting a jailed criminal, the Hawks said on Monday.

Lieutenant Boitumelo Ramahlaha, his wife Isabella Kgomotso Maake and labour relations officer Mokgadi Portia Mehlape appeared in court on Friday after being arrested last week, spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Ramahlaha allegedly communicated, through calls and text messages, with "infamous Limpopo bogus cop Captain Mailula", who was actually convicted criminal Alex Matsobane Maake.

Maake is serving a 14-year prison sentence at Kgosi Mapuru II prison in Pretoria.

"The trio was released on R500 bail each and their case was postponed to 12 November 2015 to allow for further police investigations," Mulaudzi said.

Fraud case

"Ramahlaha has a fraud case to answer after it was established that he was the one who introduced the fake cop Captain Mailula to the Seshego station commander as a police captain from national head office."

During Ramahlaha's arrest, the Hawks confiscated three handgun magazines filled with 45 live rounds of ammunition hidden underground inside his unlocked storeroom. 

Six cellphones and four SIM cards were also allegedly found in Ramahlaha's possession.

Hawks head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said South Africa could not have police officers or anyone helping suspects "run riot in our communities".

"Cellphones are a growing problem in prisons across the country as they are used to make threats, plan escapes and for inmates to continue to make money from illegal activity even while behind bars.

"We also need clean police officers and all spoiled potatoes must be rooted out of the service."

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