Tebogo Msimanga |
Sergeant Sonwabile Nogwebela (33), Loyiso Gcasamba (36) a Public Prosecutor and Mkhangeli Nqayana (46) a Legal Aid Attorney appeared in Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday, 12 of August 2021 for allegations of corruption.
It is alleged that during March 2020, Antonio Augusto Nhazomeo, a Mozambique national was arrested for rape and appeared before the Magistrate at Cofimvaba Magistrate’s Court where he was denied bail on 7 April 2020.
Captain Yolisa Mgolodela of Eastern Cape Hawks said it is further alleged that Nhazomeo was approached by Sergeant Nogwebela who at the time was stationed at Cofimvaba Police Station as a Court Orderly telling him that he was sent by a Prosecutor Gcasamba about his bail application which could be arranged again and that he had to arrange an amount of R6000 as payment.
“Nhazomeo is reported to have been taken to court on 9 April 2020 where he was granted R1000 bail. Further allegations are that Nhazomeo paid an amount of R6000 to Nqayana who is a Legal Aid Attorney representing him during the bail application.”
Nhazomeo is reported to have been instructed to make further payments through deposits at Spar Supermarket. “He lodged a complaint with the East London Serious Corruption Investigation team for investigation which resulted in the arrest of the trio on 12 August 2021.
The trio will reappear in Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court on 24 August 2021 for legal representation.