Former police captain sentenced for fraud and corruption

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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 5 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 crime site.

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withdrawn against Neclous Shebu.

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.

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