The Acting National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has welcomed criminal punishment meted out on a former Randburg magistrate, Matobela Johannes Kgomo on Friday.
The Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court has slapped Kgomo (58) with 30 years sentence, altogether to solicit R1, 2 million bribe, he got in two payments from the complainant.
He was sentenced to 15 years for first R90 000 payment and a further 15 years punishment for R150 000 balance.
His sentence will run concurrently, which means Kgomo will serve effectively15 years in prison.
The court rejected Kgomo’s leave to appeal for both the judgment and sentence.
“This is a ground-breaking sentence, it should serve as deterrent and warning to other justice officers that they are not above the law everyone else follows, said Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata.
In a statement on Friday, the Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Kgomo solicited cash from the complainant due to be extradited to Botswana to confront fraud charges with a guarantee he will help him to abstain from being returned to Botswana if he paid him R1,2 million.
“The complainant raised R90 000 and paid Kgomo as an underlying installment, plans for ensuing installments were then made and the complainant connected with the Hawks culminating with the arrest of Matobela in December 2015, said Brigadier Mulaudzi.
Mulaudzi added that the arrest was made during an entrapment operation where Kgomo received R150 000 balance.
Matakata said the DPCI trusts Magistrate Kgomo’s imprisonment will set an imperative point of reference for the South African justice system.
“We trust the sentence will go far in fortifying the integrity and the dignity of the judiciary she said.