Report of the corruption case against a senior NPA official in Mpumalanga and a senior government official
Kebone Masange, former Mpumalanga Human Settlements HOD, and Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Matric Luphondo in Mpumalanga Court.
- The criminal case against Mpumalanga Acting DPP Matric Luphondo and his co-defendant has been adjourned for full disclosure of the case.
- Luphondo and a Hawks official are accused of bribing a prosecutor to drop a criminal case against the head of Mpumalanga’s human settlements department, Kebone Masange.
- Masange is accused of being in the country illegally and using fraudulent documents to obtain a government position.
The corruption case against the Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions of Mpumalanga, Matric Luphondo, and the former Head of the Department of Human Settlements of Mpumalanga, Kebone Masange, has been adjourned for full disclosure of the contents of the case to the defense and to preliminary proceedings.
Luphondo and Masange appeared in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.
According to Luphondo’s legal representative, full disclosure of the contents of the file had still not been made to the defense teams.
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He added that it wasn’t until the disclosure was made that the defense realized they didn’t have the complete case.
Once full disclosure is made, defense teams will consider their options, including making representations about why they should not be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the case had been adjourned to March 17 for a preliminary hearing.
According to the state, Luphondo and Hawks manager Ayanda Plaatjie colluded with Masange to clear the criminal charges against him.
News24 previously reported that the third defendant in the case, Plaatjie, died in 2021.
Masange, who was born in Zimbabwe, was arrested in September 2020 for fraud, possession of fraudulent documents and violation of immigration law.
It was alleged that he was in the country illegally and used fraudulent documents in his application for the position of Head of Department at the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga.
According to the indictment, on March 12, 2021, Plaatjie approached the prosecutor who had been tasked with prosecuting Masange at the DPP office in Pretoria, and asked if there was a way “to get out of this case. “.
On March 18, Luphondo allegedly called the prosecutor and requested a meeting, which was held at a restaurant in Arcadia, Pretoria.
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There, Luphondo allegedly told the prosecutor that Masange was ready to do anything to get out of the case and that they should help him.
Less than a week later, on March 23, it is alleged that Luphondo met the prosecutor and handed him a bottle of 18-year-old Glenfiddich whiskey, worth R1,550, and R5,000 in cash.
According to the indictment, Luphondo then told the prosecutor that there would be others where it came from.
Four days later, Plaatjie reportedly contacted the prosecutor and asked to meet him at the Foundations Circle in Pretoria, and handed the prosecutor R28,000 in cash.
Luphondo and Masange previously said they intended to plead not guilty to the charges.
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