EU mission in Zimbabwe denies baseless bribery allegations

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Department of Education manager remanded for soliciting bribe

The official – a former police officer – promised a job seeker employment if he handed over a R2 500 bribe. He then failed to pay him back.

EU mission in Zimbabwe denies baseless bribery allegations

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Police have rearrested an official employed by the Limpopo Department of Higher Education on Friday 18 September after he failed to adhere to a court order demanding that he pay back a job seeker he solicited cash from with the promise of providing employment. 

The official – a former police officer – was employed as a manger at the Department, and was handed a three-year-prison sentence that was wholly suspended on the condition that he reimburse the duped job seeker an amount of R16 250, but he went AWOL and has now been remanded in custody.

DHE manager solicits bribe  

Police spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said in a statement that the 58-year-old has made numerous court appearances and had promised to abide by the court order, but failed to so. 

“A 58-year- old Limpopo Department of Higher Education Centre manager, who is a former police officer will appear in the Modimolle Magistrate Court this morning for contempt of court after being rearrested for failing to comply with the Court Order on yesterday, 17 September 2020,” he said. 

The suspect, who is based in Modimolle, was initially arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation in 2018 for soliciting a R2 500 bribe from a job seeker whom he promised to employ at the department.

“After making numerous court appearances, the suspect was convicted on 23 January 2020 by the Modimolle Magistrate Court and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment wholly suspended for 5 years,” said Maluleke, adding that the court had also ordered the suspect to pay the victim an amount of R16 250 on or before 31 July 2020.

“The suspect never paid the victim until the prescribed period lapsed.”

Manager rearrested after failure to comply with court order 

The aggrieved job seeker grew tired of waiting for his reimbursement and reported the official to the authorities. 

“The victim went back to report the suspect’s disobedience to the authorities. The court authorised a warrant of arrest against the suspect and he was rearrested at his workplace in Bela Bela,” said Maluleke.

He will remain in custody until his next appearance early next week.