Friday, January 23, 2009

Assistant police commissioner in court

Until each and every corrupt police boss is removed from the SA Police service, we have no chance of improving the crime statistics of this country. Corruption has infiltrated every aspect and every rank in the police services with no end in sight.

ASSISTANT police commissioner Mulangi Mphego appeared briefly in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court this morning, on charges of defeating or obstructing the administration of justice.

Mphego is accused of “unlawfully and intentionally” consulting with state witnesses who were going to testify against embattled police commissioner, Jackie Selebi.

Dressed in a navy blue suit, a relaxed Mphego was not asked to plead. His case was postponed to March. A provisional charge sheet presented in court alleges that Mphego procured an affidavit from businessman and murder accused Glenn Agliotti which could have prejudiced the criminal matter – in which he was to testify against police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The state also claims that Mphego further taped Agliotti and aired the video recording to the media. As a result of Mphego’s actions, Selebi’s defence counsel used the affidavit provided to them by Mphego in an urgent application against the NPA, to have the investigations set aside.

Top advocates, members of the National Prosecuting Authority and plain-clothes police officers crammed the court, including state advocate Gerrie Nel. Mphego was warned by Erasmus not to have any direct or indirect contact with any of the state witnesses or any state officials involved with investigations in the case against Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and murder accused Glenn Agliotti.

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