Matric Luphondo corruption charges linked to Mpumalanga govt official's immigration case

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Advocate Matric Luphondo.
Advocate Matric Luphondo.
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The story: Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Matric Luphondo has been accused of bribing a prosecutor to make a criminal case disappear for the head of the Mpumalanga human settlements department, Kebone Masange.

What we know: Luphondo, Masange, and Lieutenant-Colonel Ayanda Plaatjie appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. They face five charges of corruption which relate to an alleged attempt to have criminal charges withdrawn against Masange.

A closer look: Masange, who is Zimbabwean-born, was arrested in September 2020 on charges of fraud, the possession of fraudulent documents, and the contravention of the Immigration Act. It's alleged that Masange is in the country illegally and used fraudulent documents to get appointed as the head of the department.

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