Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a former Oudtshoorn Mayor and an official have been sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Oudtshoorn Regional Court.
The Oudtshoorn Mayor, Gordon April and Raymond Wagenaar both 52 years of age were together sentenced to a total of ten years imprisonment after they were found guilty of crimes ranging from theft to intimidation.
From our gatherings, April and Wagenaar were arrested in December 2011 after charges relating to the theft of sand and stones meant for revamping the road infrastructure in Oudtshoorn area, were laid against them.
“It was the state’s case that April acting in cahoots with Wagenaar, a Departmental Head of the Municipality at the time, wilfully and unlawfully ordered employees to transport building material privately bought by the Mayor to his residence using Municipality vehicles and further, that they stole sand and stone from the Municipality stock to build an onramp leading into the Mayor’s residence,” SAPS related.
SAPS further narrated that the duo tried to intimidate witnesses when they learnt that Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Unit was coming after them.
“(They) even went as far as telling them what to say or omit in their affidavits,” SAPS added and under listed that April was found guilty of the following charges:
- 2 charges for theft
- 3 charges for using of a vehicle without owner’s consent
- 1 charge of intimidation
- 1 charge for an attempt to defeat the ends of justice.
On the other hand, Wagenaar earned for himself 1-year imprisonment, suspended for 5 years, with an option of a R1 000-00 fine.
Commenting on the imprisonment of the former Oudtshoorn Mayor, the Western Cape Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks, Brigadier Neil Oliver said: “This should send a strong message that no one is untouchable.
“We shall stop at nothing to root out corruption without fear or favour regardless of who is involved,” added Oliver.