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Groenpunt former parole board chairperson sentenced for fraud

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By Thys Khiba – The Free State, Kroonstad Regional Court has convicted and sentenced, the former chairperson of the Groenpunt parole board, David Litsoane (63)  to seven years imprisonment on charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice on Tuesday 31 January.

The court sentenced Litsoane to seven years imprisonment of which three years is suspended.

The 63-year-old is expected to effectively serve four years direct imprisonment.

This follows an incident which took place between February and May 2015 where Litsoane, who was the chairperson of the parole board at the Groenpunt Correctional Services submitted fraudulent statement to the Supreme Court misleading a judge to issue a conversion of a sentence to a sentenced prisoner.

The sentenced prisoner did not qualify to be released on parole or to have his sentence converted.

The matter was then reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bloemfontein.

Litsoane was issued with summons on 30 July 2020,” said Free State Hawks Spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo.

The 63-year-old appeared in court on several occasions culminating in his recent conviction.

Meanwhile, the Hawks’ Priority Crime Specialised Investigation (PCSI) and the National Prosecution Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) have been granted a forfeiture order of more than R1.4 million together with two vehicles; a VW Golf and Isuzu bakkie against the alleged drug dealer, Anthony Dominic Michael Mackay (57).

This emanates from an intelligence driven operation that was conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation based in Welkom and Sasolburg K9 Unit in Thabong on 7 May 2021 relating to illicit drugs and drug trafficking between Welkom and Gauteng,” said Singo.

After a preliminary investigation the Hawks managed to search and seizure at a storage facility in Kormalyn Mayfield.

During the search, a large amount of drugs (mandrax tablets and crystal meth) and chemicals with the estimated street value of R85 million were found. Three vehicles were also seized,” Singo said.

The Hawks indicated that the investigation regarding the matteris still ongoing.

Mackay is expected to appear before the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on 17 February 2023 for charges of dealing in drugs and drug trafficking.

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