Jail time for cor­rupt pub­lic ser­vant

Vuk'uzenzele - - Ggenenereraall -

GOV­ERN­MENT calls on South Africans to re­port all fraud­u­lent and cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pa­trick Ma­soka has been sen­tenced to 10 years im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing a farm and live­stock be­long­ing to the Sha­bal­ala clan in Lady­smith KwaZulu-Na­tal.

His sen­tence was re­cently handed down by the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Re­gional Court.

Prior to be­ing jailed, Mosaka was a civil ser­vant em­ployed as a project man­ager within the KwaZulu-Na­tal Depart­ment of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Land Re­form.

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit’s (SIU) foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors found that Ma­soka, who worked on set­tling land claims, had op­er­ated crim­i­nally.

SIU head Ad­vo­cate, Andy Moth­ibi, said cit­i­zens trust pub­lic ser­vants to ex­e­cute their du­ties with distinc­tion so that qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery flows to com­mu­ni­ties swiftly.

“Com­mu­ni­ties in need of gov­ern­ment ser­vices suf­fer when some pub­lic ser­vants dou­ble up as crim­i­nals dur­ing the course of their em­ploy­ment in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments,” he said.

Moth­ibi said the SIU will strike heav­ily on gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials found steal­ing gov­ern­ment re­sources.

He wel­come the con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing of Ma­soka.

“This sen­tence should and will def­i­nitely serve as a se­ri­ous de­ter­rent to would be thieves in the pub­lic ser­vice.”

“Du­bi­ous pub­lic ser­vants, state-owned en­ti­ties of­fi­cials and pri­vate sec­tor of­fi­cials who think de­vis­ing de­vi­ous schemes to de­fraud gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety, is the right thing to do, must know that there will be no place to hide when the SIU in­ves­ti­gate them.”

Let’s fight cor­rup­tion to­gether

A num­ber of hot­lines and helplines have been cre­ated by gov­ern­ment to en­sure that the pub­lic can re­port cor­rup­tion with­out re­veal­ing their iden­tity.

If the in­for­ma­tion helps in the pos­i­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a crim­i­nal case, a re­ward may be paid. You can call the Crime Stop num­ber on 08600 10 111.

Anony­mous tip-offs about crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties can also be sent to Crime Line. You can send an SMS with in­for­ma­tion to 32211 at a cost of R1 per SMS.

In ad­di­tion to the above num­bers, you can also call gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Hot­line to re­port cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties that you are aware of with­out giv­ing your name. The num­ber

is 0800 701 701.

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