Former director receives a hefty fine

The former deputy director at Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Facility, Clement Raphalani (57), appeared before the Giyani Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, February 17 and was fined R100 000 or face ten years imprisonment for corruption.

 He was also found guilty on other charges of relating to corruption by the same court and sentenced to R70 000 or 8 years imprisonment. “The co-accused, Clemenson Carriers (juristic person) was found guilty for corruption and fined R150 000.

Clemenson Carriers was also deregistered. Between 2017 and 2018, Raphalalani in his professional capacity as deputy director (procurement officer) at Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Facility, connived with his co-accused Thabo Makamane who was also a deputy director at the facility, to award tenders to different companies without following due processes,” said Capt Matimba Maluleke of the Hawks.

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Raphalalani and his co-accused who included three juristic entities, Clemenson Carriers, Penson Manufacturing and Vhalenda Zwashu, were arrested during a sting operation by the Hawks in December 2018. The accused (Raphalalani) was previously convicted for corruption that also involved the facility and ordered to pay back R569 500 by the Giyani Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

The facility has suffered a loss of R18 million due to these illegal activities. The other outstanding accused people including Makamane and the juristic entities are yet to be sentenced, Matima said in a press statement.

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