A former police detective was convicted on Tuesday in the Eastern Cape of corruption after attempting to blackmail a witness on a case.
According to the Hawks, Khangelani Ngejane, 52, was eight years old convicted of corruption charges by Mount Frere Magistrate Court after receiving information about his illegal activities at the East London-based Serious Corruption Investigation Board.
In May 2013, they received information that a member of Mount The Crime Department of the Frere Police extorted money from a state witness.
According to Eastern Cape Hawks spokeswoman Capt Yolisa Mgolodela, the witness was acquitted in one case after standing up against her co-defendant as a state witness . However, the officer made her believe that the charges she was acquitted of had been resumed and he was assigned to investigate the case against her.
Mgolodela said Ngejane asked the witness R20,000 to create the indictment against them disappear. She paid R5,000 as bail and agreed to pay the balance in installments.
“After paying the first installment, the witness decided to file a complaint with the East London Investigation Team for Serious Corruption . “Said Mgolodela.
When the witness went to make another payment, she was not alone. As soon as Ngejane accepted the money, he was arrested as part of a trap set up by the hawks. The money from the trap was confiscated and he was arrested and later released on bail.
An internal police disciplinary hearing also found him guilty of misconduct and rendered him unemployed.
“Ngejane was gone sentenced on October 12 after many court hearings. The matter was referred back to October 19 for judgment by the Lusikisiki Regional Court, ”said Mgolodela.