- The Hawks in Limpopo have welcomed the sentencing of two police constables
- The two police officers, along with a Home Affairs official, were arrested in 2018 for corruption
- The police officers were arrested in connection with the smuggling of cars at the Groblersbridge border
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Two Limpopo police constables have received hefty sentences for corruption. The Hawks have welcomed the conviction of the police officers handed down by the Mokopane Regional Court on Wednesday.
Constable Ratlou Alfred Moroana, 37, was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to eight years in jail. The sentence carried direct imprisonment.
Constable Mahlatsi Phillip Tselane, 34, was also found guilty. He is due for sentencing on 30 June.
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Spokesperson for the Hawks in Limpopo Sampo Mabuyi said the two were arrested in January in connection with the smuggling of cars at the Groblersbridge border.
In a statement, it emerged that on 23 January 2018, two former officials of the Home Affairs department, a civilian impersonating a Home Affairs official and three police members who were stationed at the Groblersbridge port of entry were arrested for corruption.
The group was assisting criminals to smuggle stolen vehicles through the port of entry to Botswana in exchange for money.
On 1 August 2018, the two Home Affairs officials, Tryphina Tshabalala, 31, and Kgomotso Morena, 37, were found guilty and sentenced to 15 years’ direct imprisonment.
Doris Mashaka, 38, was sentenced to 10 years for impersonation and corruption. In March this year, Constable Matome Herman Mafa, 40, was sentenced to seven years' direct imprisonment.
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