Mpumalanga NPA boss Matric Luphondo suspended after bribe, courtroom hears

Mpumalanga appearing Director of Public Prosecutions Matric Luphondo has been served with a suspension gape after he was once arrested for allegedly bribing a prosecutor to drop a felony case towards the provincial human settlements head of division (HOD).

This was once printed throughout the Pretoria magistrate’s Courtroom on Thursday, the place Luphondo and his co-accused – HOD Kebone Masange and Hawks obedient Lieutenant-Colonel Ayanda Plaatjie – utilized for bail.

The Recount opposed their bail functions nonetheless conceded Luphondo and Masange’s functions fell beneath agenda one which meant the onus was once on it to narrate why they need to not be launched on bail.

Within the meantime, Plaatjie’s bail software fell beneath agenda 5, which system the onus was once on him to narrate it might be throughout the curiosity of justice to allow his launch on bail.

In opposing bail, the Recount relied on the allegation the primary discover throughout the case, the prosecutor who was once allegedly bribed, had been adopted spherical.

In accordance with an affidavit by the prosecutor, who’s stationed with the DPP’s converse of labor in Pretoria and was once assigned to prosecute the case towards Masange, colleagues throughout the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority have been requested to achieve recordsdata on his whereabouts.

He talked about novel and outmoded colleagues have been soliciting for recordsdata beneath the pretence they desired to introduce him to a girl who was once in him.

Alternatively, the prosecutor added he later realised he was once being adopted and felt unsafe after Luphondo allegedly arrived at a restaurant he was once having lunch at in Centurion.

It’s a great distance additionally alleged recordsdata – together with the place he lives, what car he drives, and his car registration – was once being sought.

Defence

The accused’s defence attorneys puzzled how appropriate the occasions have been as most likely essentially the most accused was once a senior detective throughout the Hawks and would have achieve entry to to this recordsdata the usage of police programs.

It was once argued the Recount had no proof that the accused would intrude with any of the witnesses or the investigations, and Luphondo had already been served with a gape of suspension.

Judgment

In his judgment, magistrate Dreyer van der Merwe well-known the pending suspension, discovering it could presumably achieve it practically very not going for the accused to intrude with witnesses or the investigation.

He talked about it might be throughout the curiosity of justice for the accused to be launched on bail, nonetheless place the quantity at R20 000, considerably increased than the R5 000 the accused talked about they’d have ample cash.

Van der Merwe linked bail stipulations which built-in that the accused weren’t to contact any of the witnesses, legitimate away or not legitimate away.

Payment sheet

In accordance with the cost sheet, Luphondo and Plaatjie allegedly colluded with Masange to achieve the felony costs towards him proceed.

Masange is dealing with costs of fraud and contravention of the Immigration Act. The Recount has accused him of being throughout the nation illegally and the usage of flawed paperwork when he utilized for the tip area on the Division of Human Settlements.

It’s a great distance alleged that on 12 March, Plaatjie approached the prosecutor on the DPP’s converse of labor in Pretoria who was once assigned to prosecute Masange and requested if there was once any plot “to achieve out this case”.

On 18 March, Luphondo allegedly known as the prosecutor and requested a gathering that was once held at a McDonalds in Arcadia, Tshwane.

There, Luphondo allegedly instructed the prosecutor that Masange was once spirited to salvage the relief to achieve out of the case they usually should abet him out.

Decrease than per week later, on 23 March, it’s alleged Luphondo met up with the prosecutor and handed him an 18-year-used bottle of Glenfiddich whiskey, valued at R1 550, and R5 000 in cash.

The cost sheet alleged Luphondo then instructed the prosecutor there was once further the place that got here from.

4 days later, Plaatjie allegedly contacted the prosecutor and requested him to satisfy him on the Foundations circle, the place he handed the prosecutor R28 000 in cash.

All three accused talked about they supposed pleading not responsible to the fees.

The case has been postponed to 23 July.

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