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France Malamba Khoza (62), a former police Captain was on 26 June 2023 sentenced
by Nelspruit Regional Court for Corruption, Fraud and Defeating the Administration of
Justice. An accident occurred on 05 August 2018 where a VW Polo overturned at
Mitibiti with 05 occupants including the driver.
The accident scene was attended by a police Sergeant and Constable stationed at the
Dientjie Community Service Centre of the South African Police Service (SAPS). They
recorded everything on the Accident Report form and all injured persons were taken to
different hospitals for medical treatment.
A docket was opened, and an investigator, Captain Khoza, who was also a Detective
Branch Commander at Dientjie SAPS at the time, conspired with Sylvia Mohlala, the
mother of the driver of the VW Polo, Ralph Mabunele, to defraud the Road Accident
Fund (RAF). Captain Khoza allegedly acquired a warning statement from Neclous
Shebu, who was not a passenger on the day in issue and was not even present at the
Hawks Investigation was conducted that led to the arrest of four suspects, Captain
France Khoza, Sylvia Mohlala, Ralph Mabunele and Neclous Shebu. Sylvia Mohlala
and her son Ralph Mabunele were sentenced by Nelspruit Regional on 04 August 2022
to six months imprisonment or R3000-00 fine for corruption, twelve-month imprisonment
wholly suspended for defeating the administration of justice and twelve months
imprisonment wholly suspended for perjury. The charges were withdrawn against
Khoza, the former police Captain was sentenced to six years imprisonment for
corruption, four years imprisonment for fraud and three years imprisonment for
defeating the administration of justice.