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Former prison boss found guilty of corruption, fraud

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Former prison boss found guilty of corruption, fraud

Former deputy director for the Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Facility in Limpopo has been convicted on costs of fraud and corruption.

Based on Hawks Spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke, the Makhado Regional Courtroom on Tuesday discovered Clement Raphalalani, 56, responsible on two counts of corruption and 25 counts of fraud.

He was accused of of giving out tenders value hundreds of thousands illegally.

The Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Facility misplaced greater than R18m by way of this scheme.

Maluleke defined the unlawful actions Raphalalani was concerned in on the Louis Trichardt jail .

“Throughout 2017, Raphalalani, who was a procurement officer on the facility, awarded a R2.7m tender to Penson Manufacturing firm belonging to Editha Pengson with out following due processes,” mentioned Maluleke.

The accused connived with Pengson to extend the objects bought by the power in return for a R369,380 cost.

The cost was transferred into Raphalalani’s company- Clemson Carriers.

He additionally awarded one other tender value nearly R1.1m to Vhalenda Zwashu Buying and selling Enterprise, an organization owned by his girlfriend, Delicia Sadiki.

He pocketed over R132,500 from that tender.

“Moreover, Raphalalani along with Thabo Makamane, who was additionally a deputy director on the facility, awarded a young value R3,588,707 to Durafoam Distributors CC with out following due processes,” mentioned Maluleke.

They pair allegedly pocketed R569,500 from the corporate.

Raphalalani, Makamane, Pengson and Sadiki had been arrested by the Hawks’ severe corruption investigation unit in December 2018.

Raphalalani was discovered responsible on two counts of corruption and 25 counts of fraud.

His firm, Clemsons Carriers was discovered responsible on one depend of corruption and 10 counts of fraud.

Pengson Manufacturing and Distribution was discovered responsible on two counts of corruption and 25 counts of fraud.

“The accused can be sentenced on September 15 2020,” mentioned Maluleke.

Makamane who pleaded not responsible will seem in court docket on October 22.

Sadiki will seem in court docket on September 15.

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