Cape Town – The acting head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) in Mpumalanga, Matric Luphondo, and a lieutenant colonel Hawks were among the trio who appeared before the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on charges of corruption.
The request for the release on bail of the head of the human settlements of Mpumalanga in Mpumalanga, Kebone Masenga, the commander of the Hawk unit of the investigation into serious corruption, Lt. Col. Ayanda Plaatje and Luphondo will continue tomorrow after the court denied the state’s request for a seven-day postponement.
It is alleged the trio colluded to bribe a prosecutor to drop charges Masenga faces in violation of immigration law and fraud, the NPA spokesperson said on Wednesday. , Sipho Ngwema.
The prosecutor reported the case to his elders as well as to the police. Following further investigations, the three were arrested. The NPA initiated the relevant working processes against Luphondo, ” Ngwema said.
“ While the NPA is disappointed that one of its officials is embroiled in such allegations, in conflict with our new values which are rooted in high ethical conduct, integrity and credibility, we are proud of the men and women who are determined to defend our new vision.
“ It is encouraging that there have been prosecutors and investigators who acted quickly and with honesty and strong moral principles to defend our values and the law. ”