Former security head of Public Works in Welkom convicted for corruption

South African Police Service

Former security head of Public Works in Welkom convicted for corruption
Former security head of Public Works in Welkom convicted for corruption

Thembi Judith Mpele (39), a former head of security at the Department of Public Works in Welkom has been convicted for corruption on Tuesday, 20 October 2020, by the Virginia Regional Court.

Mpele stood trial for demanding R10 000 gratification on 7 January 2019, to secure permanent employment for a co-worker’s sister who was employed on a contract basis by the same department. The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation arrested Mpele during a sting operation on 1 February 2019, after she received a R2500 down payment in order to deliver on the promise.

The court has sentenced Mpele to five years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years on condition that she pays back the victim an amount of R2 500.

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