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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a police clerk who accepted a R3,500 bribe to destroy the docket in a culpable homicide case was sentenced to an effective eight years in prison by the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

Vasvanthan Govender appeared in court on Friday for corruption relating to the disappearance of the docket. Gauteng National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Govender had access to dockets and was responsible for ensuring they were allocated to and from other units, that new case dockets were assigned to investigating officers, and that fingerprints were forwarded to Local Criminal Record Centres. The accused, Soondaram Naidoo, faced homicide charges involving the accidental death of a nine-year-old. The case against him was later withdrawn. Mjonondwane said Naidoo later reported Govender, leading to his arrest and subsequent trial. Govender was charged with corrupt activities relating to public officers and defeating the administration of justice and sentenced to eight and three years, respectively. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Bhengu at News24

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