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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a former police clerk, who was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption, denied taking a bribe, despite video evidence of the incident.  

In 2015, Nontsikelelo Mancoba, 47, was working as a clerk at the Mthatha police station in the fingerprints section when a member of the public enquired about how to expunge her criminal record.  National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) provincial spokesperson Luxolo Tyali related in a statement:  "Mancoba demanded that the desperate woman bring R5,000 if she wanted to have 'clean fingerprints' but the woman said she could not raise such an exorbitant amount.  Mancoba then reduced her demand to R3,000 after which the complainant decided to approach the SAPS Organised Crime Unit."  A sting operation was then set up in which the complainant was given money to hand over to Mancoba.  "Investigators pounced on Mancoba soon after receiving the money and she was arrested.  Following her arrest, she resigned from the police.  During the trial, Mancoba pleaded not guilty, denying ever taking the money, despite there being video footage of her in the act,” Tyali said in a statement.  The State convinced the court to impose direct imprisonment after Mancoba's defence attorney unsuccessfully argued that a fine would be more appropriate.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Alex Mitchley at News24


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