Pre­to­ria pris­oner’s flashy life­style causes stir

The Mercury - - METRO - LINDILE SIFILE [email protected]

TE­BOGO Mak­ena, a Pre­to­ria pris­oner, had so­cial me­dia abuzz yes­ter­day when he boasted about his flashy life­style, in a video.

Mak­ena, who is serv­ing four years for ma­li­cious dam­age to state prop­erty and house­break­ing, also faces fraud and forgery charges, said Gaut­eng Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesper­son Mo­cheta Monama.

Mak­ena and Lu­cas Masemola were found to have run a sus­pected scam from in­side Odi Prison in Mabopane last year. Po­lice said they al­legedly posed as in­ves­ti­ga­tors and would call po­lice sta­tions for in­for­ma­tion on car hi­jack­ings and theft.

They would then call the vic­tims, tell them their ve­hi­cles had been re­cov­ered and ask for money to be de­posited through eWal­let for the re­turn of the ve­hi­cles.

Mak­ena was trans­ferred to Pre­to­ria. In the video posted on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, Mak­ena and an uniden­ti­fied in­mate boast about a new pair of Louis Vuit­ton shoes that cost R13 000.

The video also shows food items such as Ja­cobs Krö­nung cof­fee, and a Rus­sell Hobbs ket­tle, which are lux­u­ries in jail. Al­though an ob­vi­ous of­fence seen in the video was the use of cell­phones, Monama said other pos­si­ble of­fences would be re­vealed once an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­cluded.

“Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the mat­ter, we in­sti­tuted an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It will also help en­sure plans are in place to min­imise such in­ci­dents.”

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