Lucky Moloi avoids time in prison

Weekend Witness - - News - IN­GRID OELLERMANN

FOR­MER uM­gun­gundlovu dis­trict coun­cil­lor and high-rank­ing ANC of­fi­cial Lucky Moloi (48) will not go to jail for com­mit­ting cor­rup­tion in 2003, and he yes­ter­day con­tin­ued to main­tain his in­no­cence.

Re­gional mag­is­trate Jaco Jor­daan handed Moloi a wholly sus­pended sen­tence of eight years’ im­pris­on­ment, but also or­dered that he must un­dergo 36 months un­der cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion, in­clud­ing house ar­rest.

For the first 12 months, Moloi will also have to per­form 16 hours per month of “un­re­mu­ner­ated” com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Dur­ing his pe­riod of cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion, he must re­frain from us­ing al­co­hol or drugs and will un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes.

His lawyer, Simphiwe Moloi, con­firmed that they will ap­peal Moloi’s con­vic­tion for cor­ruptly ar­rang­ing to be paid a R200 000 com­mis­sion for in­flu­enc­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to buy MIB House in Lan­gal­ibalele street at an in­flated price of R6 850 000 in 2003. They would, how­ever, not ap­peal the sen­tence, he added.

Though smil­ing broadly af­ter the pro­ceed­ings, Moloi said he would not say he was re­lieved by his sen­tence be­cause he main­tains he is not guilty of a crime. He was also con­fi­dent that his po­si­tion in the ANC, as a re­gional sec­re­tary, would not be af­fected.

Moloi was the only one of those in­volved in the cor­rupt act to be brought to book.

PHOTO: SHAN PIL­LAY

All smiles: Lucky Moloi shakes hands with his

lawyer, Simphiwe

Moloi.

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