Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Sasolburg: Two suspects, Ramokhule Maboloka (34) and Motsamai Mokoena (45), appeared in the Sasolburg Magistrate court yesterday on four charges of possession of ammunition, bribery, being in the country illegally as well as contravening the Disaster Management Act (failure by person to be confined to residence during lockdown).

The case against Maboloka was rolled to the 29 April 2020 to afford him an opportunity to obtain legal representative and Mokoena’s case was postponed to 04 May 2020 for formal bail application. They are both still in custody.

On Sunday 26 April 2020, Viljoensdrift members were conducting a roadblock on the R82 road when Sergeant Manoto stopped a black Sang Yong vehicle. She asked two male occupants for permits to travel and they failed to produce the required documents. The two then tried to bribe the member with R1000 and later increased it to R2000.

She refused the bribe and arrested both men. Preliminary investigation revealed that the two were illegal immigrants from Lesotho. Inside the car, a large sum of money was found as well as 73 live ammunition of 9mm pistol.

Free State Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Baile Motswenyane applauded Sergeant Manoto for refusing to take a bribe and showing her loyalty to serve and uphold the Constitution of this country.