Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Qwa-Qwa: Accused Nkululeko Theophilus Ngcana (50), appeared before the Phuthaditjaba Magistrate court on Monday, 15 February 2021 facing charges of corruption and defeating the administration of justice.

It is alleged that in September 2017, Ngcana persuaded a suspect who was facing charges of operating a motor vehicle with a fraudulent license disc to pay R600.00 in order for him to withdraw charges against the suspect.

The suspect agreed to pay the R600.00 as persuaded by Ngcana. Later, the suspect realised that Ngcana did not withdraw the charges against him as agreed. He then reported the matter to the Senior NPA prosecutor.

In January 2020, another accused who is a police official, gave Ngcana R500.00 to pay on his behalf for admission of guilt on a charge of reckless or negligent driving.

Ngcana took the R500.00 as agreed from the accused to pay on his behalf but he did not pay it to the court as agreed. The accused received summonses to appear in court for failure to pay R500.00 for admission of guilt. Upon enquiry at court, he found out that Ngcana did not pay the R500.00. He then reported the matter to the Senior NPA Prosecutor.

The matter was then reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation for further probe which led to the arrest of Ngcana on Sunday; 14 February 2021.

The case against Ngcana has been postponed to Monday, 10 March 2021 for further investigation.  Ngcana was released on a R1 500.00 bail.