Police Captain sentenced to 13 years in Jail for CORRUPTION. A former police captain has been sentenced to 13 years by the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court after being convicted on 30 counts of corruption.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said Lawrence Mamogobo, a former designated firearms officer at the Pretoria Central Police Station, was last week sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found to have fraudulently sold various falsified firearm training certificates, firearm competency certificates and firearm licences.
He was one of 20 people who, amongst them, included two brigadiers, two colonels and 12 administration clerks, who were suspended by the SAPS management when allegations of corruption in the issuing of firearm licences at the police’s Central Firearms Control Registry first emerged three years ago.
At the time of his conviction, Mamogobo had already been dismissed from the SAPS during the disciplinary process, which happened in 2013.
His dismissal followed that of Brigadier Mathapelo Mangwani, the former section head of the registry.
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, ordered the proper audit of the section after allegations of corruption surfaced about the manner in which applications for firearm licences were being handled.
“Once the SAPS began to serve some of the accused notices of intention to suspend them, four of them, a lieutenant and three administration clerks, opted to resign,” Naidoo said.
Mamogobo is the third person to have been dismissed in connection with the firearms registry debacle, and one of seven people who parted ways with the SAPS over this.
“Of the initial 20, only three are still on suspension while undergoing disciplinary hearings while the remainder have been given warnings and, in some cases, acquitted and are back at work,” Naidoo said.
“We believe that last week’s sentence will serve as a necessary lesson to anyone in position of authority never to betray trust bestowed upon them by the laws of this country,” added Phiyega.
“Mamogobo, and others before him, are the primary reason the SAPS is always severely criticised by the public and the media, something that should aggrieve the honest members in our ranks as they are often depicted in same light.”
– Africa News Agency