According to an IOL report, an ex-official of the department of Home Affairs will be locked up for four years for taking R350 bribe in a police trap.
It was related that the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions authorized an under-cover operation after the Home Affairs Department received complaints about the corrupt practices of 51-years-old Mncedi Qambela.
An under-cover agent was sent to apply for an identity document (ID), without his birth certificate The ex-Home Affairs official offered to help the under-cover agent if he’s paid R350.
As such, Qambela earned himself a trouble. He reportedly appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Bellville before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, and was sentenced on a charge of corruption.
As it happened, the prosecutor Derek Vogel pointed out that the accused must have been involved in corrupt practices for some time which inspired the Home Affairs to undertake an under-cover operation against him.
Vogel argued that the trap was not an isolated incident, reminded the court that two corrupt police officials were recently jailed for eight years in a corruption case that involved R500 and with that, suggested a five-years jail term for Qambela.
While the defense attorney, Mujahid Adams suggested two or three years prison sentence arguing that Qambela’s case was “not the most heinous”, the magistrate remarked that the amount involved isn’t important like the fact that the accused “corruptly requested money to do something that he was legally not supposed to do.”
She related that corruption is a threat to South Africa’s stability and that the values of the constitution are undermined. To her, Qambela’s crime was motivated by greed and “the court cannot allow the rich to buy their freedom.”
Thus, Qambela was slammed with a four years jail term.