Sentence of Strand policeman for corruption welcomed

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Sentence of Strand policeman for corruption welcomed
Sentence of Strand policeman for corruption welcomed

The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the sentencing of Walter Sinden, who was found guilty on corruption, dealing in drugs, defeating the course of justice as well as reckless and negligent driving at the Strand Magistrate’s Court.

The accused, a former policeman who resigned after his arrest on 5 January 2017 was working as a court orderly at the Strand Magistrates’ Court. His arrest followed an undercover operation by police attached to the Anti Corruption Unit. As part of that operation he was apprehended with 50 mandrax tablets and cash.

He was sentenced five years imprisonment for dealing in drugs, five years for corruption and three years for defeating the administration of justice. The sentences will run concurrently thus resulting in the accused serving five years imprisonment.

Lt General Jula says he hopes the sentence will send a stern message that corruption has no place in the South African Police Service. “To those SAPS members who engage in illicit activities, be warned. Illegal conduct will not go unnoticed,” says Lt General Jula.

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