Ac­tivist jailed for 11 years

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FREE STATE NEWS - THABO THULO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

A COM­MU­NITY ac­tivist from the farm­ing town of Senekal has been sen­tenced to 11 years im­pris­on­ment af­ter de­fraud­ing a widow of R45 000.

Nyakane Monkoe of Mat­wabeng on the out­skirts of Senekal was sen­tenced on Fri­day in the Lady­brand Mag­is­trate’s Court af­ter be­ing found guilty of fraud.

He was sen­tenced to­gether with the Set­soto lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cial Fran­cis Ma­pane.

Monkoe was sen­tenced to 11 years while Ma­pane re­ceived an eight year sen­tence for scam­ming the vic­tim.

In July 2016, the duo went to Mar­quard af­ter they heard about a woman who had saved a lot of money in her house. They ar­rived at her house pre­tend­ing to be po­lice of­fi­cers and told the woman to give them R45 000 or she would be ar­rested.

The fol­low­ing day the woman re­alised that they were not po­lice of­fi­cers and opened a case against them.

She re­ported the mat­ter and in­formed the Mar­quard po­lice that she had been de­frauded by two men who pre­tended to be po­lice of­fi­cers.

Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice the two were ar­rested and granted bail of R3000 each for the du­ra­tion of the trial.

Monkoe was known for his ef­forts to fight crime and gang vi­o­lence in his com­mu­nity. He also or­gan­ised the an­nual De­cem­ber cer­e­mony to award peo­ple who made a tremen­dous im­pact in the area of Senekal.

“In­deed we are shocked and dis­ap­pointed about the ac­tions of Monkoe. He was a role model to our chil­dren re­gard­ing the splen­did du­ties he per­formed in the com­mu­nity. I won­der why he com­mit­ted such a crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity,” res­i­dent Seipati Set­loane said.

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