Former cop sentenced to 15 years for stealing father's lotto money

Former cop sentenced to 15 years for stealing father's lotto money

- A former cop has been found guilty of stealing funds from his father's lotto win

- The magistrate in the case said that the police officer showed no remorse

- The officer's father broke down while testifying in court

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A former police officer has received a 15-year prison sentence after he stole R2 million from his father.

The money came from the father's lotto win.

The crime took place in 2014.

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The officer, Mzamani Manganyi, reportedly defrauded his father of R2 million. Court documents indicate that Manganyi forged his father's signature in order to move the funds to his own account.

The funds dated back to the father, 86-year-old Khatshane George Manganyi's 2006 lotto winnings. According to Sowetan Live, the elder Manganyi won over R6 million, R4 million of which he invested with Absa.

Manganyi allegedly broke down in tears while telling the court how his son defrauded him. After his son was sentenced, Mangani said that he was pleased, saying, "He hurt me and he must pay for it."

Mzamani was based at the Protea police station in Soweto and was active in his community, known for being a regular churchgoer among other community activities.

While handing down the sentence, Magistrate Brian Nemavhadi said that Mzamani's crime had rendered his father destitute. He also said that Mzamani appeared to show no remorse for what he had done.

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"Your father's house is said to be falling apart and you still insist that you will not pay him any money back," the magistrate said, has gathered.

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