Hawks on the wrong side of the law

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Masoka Dube

TWO captains, formerly attached to the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Richard Lekotswane Nkwanyana (48) and Peter Mathekanyana Molapo (58), were convicted and sentenced to respectively five and six years behind bars for fraud and forgery.

“The two had claimed that they booked into a guest house for two nights, yet investigations revealed they only stayed for a single night. They submitted a claim of R850-00 each with altered dates on invoices,” said Hawks Mpumalanga spokesperson, Dineo Sekgotodi.

During the trial, state advocate Patrick Nkuna led the testimonies of the guest house owner and evidence received from the finance personal who revealed that there were discrepancies on the invoices received from the pair – the letterhead and special managers discount were falsified on the invoices. A handwriting expert also testified and confirmed that the invoices were indeed forged.

Nkwanyana also had separate pending cases related to three counts of theft and three counts of defeating the ends of justice. Nkwanyana was dismissed from the service in November last year following an internal disciplinary procedure whilst Molapo resigned this year before a disciplinary procedure could commence.

The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the sentence. Law enforcement officers must be honest in executing their duties. Those who choose to be dishonest will regret, for crime does not pay.

They were sentenced in the Middelburg Regional Court.