Tebogo Msimanga |
The Giyani Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday sentenced a 46 -year-old former Morebeng Magistrate’s Court prosecutor, Molatelo Herbert Serumula, to four years imprisonment for corruption.
Serumula was arrested on 19 November 2018 after he demanded a bribe from an accused person, Khathutshelo Matshivha, in order to destroy his docket.
Limpopo National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Mashudu Malabi Dzhangi said Matshivha had been arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and Serumula told him to give him a bribe of R2 000 in order for his docket to disappear.
“Matshivha gave him R1 500 and the case was withdrawn. Serumula kept on demanding more money and further requested Matshivha to buy him a vehicle. Matshivha then reported the matter to the Serious Corruption Investigation Unit of the Hawks and Serumula was arrested.”
Prosecutor, advocate Mashudu Muliwa, argued that Serumula was convicted of a prevalent serious offence that brought the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) into disrepute.
The NPA welcomed the sentence and it hoped that it would serve as an effective deterrent.