Tebogo Msimanga |
A former Hawks officer, Rodney Twoboy Mpapela (60) who was attached to Mthatha Serious Commercial Crime Investigation, appeared in Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime court on 28 June 2021 on allegations of theft.
It is reported that on 28 February 2007 an application for an amount of R4000 was made by the members of Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team of Mthatha for the purposes of conducting an investigation.
Eastern Cape Hawks Spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the operation was conducted and it is alleged that the entire trap money was recovered from the target. “The trap money is said to have been registered at the local police station, Tina Falls and was later booked out by the investigating officers.”
Mgolodela added that on 15 June 2018, the commander allegedly handed over the exhibit to Mpapela to return to Finance but the said money never reached the destination.“ Mpapela is said to have been adamant that the cash in question was not with him when an order was issued for the exhibit in order to close the docket since the case was withdrawn by the State.
“The matter was reported to East London Serious Corruption Investigation team in 2020 for probing which culminated in the arrest of Mpapela on 28 June 2021.”
Mpapela was released on R5000 bail. The matter is remanded for 15 July 2021 for legal representation.