Two former cops who charged illegal immigrants R150 to enter the country sentenced

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Two former police officers have been sentenced for allowing illegal immigrants from Lesotho to enter the country without proper documents. (Photo: Blanchi Costela/Getty Images)
Two former police officers have been sentenced for allowing illegal immigrants from Lesotho to enter the country without proper documents. (Photo: Blanchi Costela/Getty Images)

Two former police officials who allowed illegal immigrants to enter the country after charging them R150 each have been convicted and sentenced.

Phillip Molefi Mofokeng and Kgeola John Mofokeng appeared in the Bethlehem Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of corruption.

According to Free Stake Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Fikiswa Matoti, in 2012, the two former police officers allowed illegal immigrants from Lesotho without proper documents to enter the country after charging each of them R150.

After receiving information from a whistleblower, Matoti said an undercover officer was deployed to act as though he wanted to enter the country, which led to the arrest of the officials.

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The pair appeared in court on several occasions culminating in their conviction. 

On Wednesday, the court fined Kgeola Mofokeng R40 000 or six years imprisonment, while Phillip Mofokeng was fined R8 000 or five years imprisonment.

Their sentences were wholly suspended for five years and both were declared unfit to possess a firearm, Matoti said. 


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