Pris­oner’s high life be­hind bars

The Star Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - LINDILE SIFILE [email protected] @lindile­si­file

TEBOGO MAKENA, a Pre­to­ria pris­oner who boasts about his flashy life­style in a video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, is liv­ing the high life be­hind bars.

In­mates at Kgosi Mam­puru II Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre said they were not shocked to see Makena trend­ing on Twit­ter yes­ter­day as he lived a life of priv­i­lege in his sin­gle cell in A Sec­tion be­cause he al­legedly pays pri­son war­dens for favours.

“This is not new to us. He boasts about clothes, jew­ellery and some­times food. War­dens bring this stuff for him and he pays them hand­somely. He scams peo­ple from out­side while in pri­son, and the war­den some­times col­lect the money for him from out­side,” said an in­mate.

Makena, who is serv­ing four years for ma­li­cious dam­age of state prop­erty and house break­ing, is also fac­ing an on­go­ing charge of fraud and forgery,” said Gaut­eng Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesper­son Mo­cheta Monama.

Makena, who is from Soshanguve, and Lu­cas Masemola were caught last year while run­ning an ex­tor­tion scam from in­side Odi Pri­son. They al­legedly posed as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors and would call po­lice sta­tions to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on car hi­jack­ings and car theft.

They would then con­tact the vic­tims, in­form them that their ve­hi­cles had been re­cov­ered and tell them that they had to de­posit money through eWal­let to get their ve­hi­cles back, the po­lice said at the time. He was then trans­ferred to Pre­to­ria.

In­mates at Kgosi Mam­puru II told The Star that Makena could still be ben­e­fit­ing from the scam as he al­ways had money. In the video posted on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, Makena and an uniden­ti­fied in­mate are seen boast­ing about Louis Vuit­ton and Gucci shoes that he had just pur­chased for R13 000. He brags that he does not buy his clothes from Marabas­tad and shows off a Louis Vuit­ton in­voice. He is then heard say­ing the shoes were bought from Shop 26 Up­per Level at Sand­ton City in Joburg.

The video also shows Ja­cobs Kro­nung cof­fee, All Bran Flakes and a Rus­sell Hobbs ket­tle, which are lux­ury items in jail.

Although an ob­vi­ous of­fence seen in the video is the use of a cell­phone, Monama said other pos­si­ble of­fences would be re­vealed once their in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­plete.

He said his de­part­ment con­demned the video and that they would con­duct a thor­ough probe.

“Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the mat­ter, we im­me­di­ately in­sti­tuted an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will also help to en­sure that plans are in place to min­imise the re­cur­rence of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents. If found guilty the in­mates may face crim­i­nal charges, and this may re­sult in an ad­di­tional term of im­pris­on­ment,” said Monama.

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PRIS­ONER Tebogo Makena at Kgosi Mam­puru II Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre boasts about his life­style as an in­mate, in a video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

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