Senior official from Free State Premier's office in court on fraud, corruption charges linked to release of an inmate

2018-11-14 21:44
(Theana Breugem, Media24, file)

(Theana Breugem, Media24, file)

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The Deputy Director in the Office of the Premier in the Free State is in hot water after allegedly approaching a court official and soliciting a stamped liberation form in exchange for a bribe to facilitate the release of an inmate who is serving 12 years in Goedemoed Correctional Service.

Abigail Nakedi, 39, was arrested last week Wednesday by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation Unit and appeared in the Bethlehem Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of fraud and corruption.

The court official played along and alerted the Hawks.

Nakedi was arrested after paying the alleged bribe. Upon her arrest, a vehicle, cellphones, a laptop and a date stamp that was allegedly used to stamp the release form were confiscated.

The inmate is serving time for a cash-in-transit related offence.

The matter was postponed to November 20 for a formal bail application while Nakedi remains in custody.

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