Hawks arrest state prosecutor over an alleged R600 bribe

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Yesterday, 50-year-old accused Nkululeko Theophilus Ngcana appeared before the Phuthaditjaba Magistrate Court in the Free State on charges of corruption and defeating the administration of justice.

The state prosecutor appeared in court yesterday for allegedly soliciting a R 600 bribe from a suspect.

“It is alleged that in September 2017, Ngcana persuaded a suspect who was facing charges of operating a motor vehicle with a fraudulent license disc to pay R600 in order for him to withdraw charges against the suspect,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo.

“The suspect agreed to pay the R600 as persuaded by Ngcana. Later, the suspect realised that Ngcana did not withdraw the charges against him as agreed. He then reported the matter to the Senior NPA prosecutor.”

Singo then states that last year January, another accused – a police official – gave Ngcana R500 to pay on his behalf for admission of guilt on a charge of reckless or negligent driving.

Ngcana took the R500 but did not pay it to the court as agreed.

The police official then started receiving summonses to appear in court for failure to pay R500 for admission of guilt.

Upon enquiry at court, he found out that Ngcana did not pay the R500. He too reported the matter to the Senior NPA prosecutor.

Singo said, “The matter was then reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation for further probe which led to the arrest of Ngcana on Sunday.”

Ngcana’s case has been postponed until 10 March 2021 for further investigation. He is now out on R1 500 bail.