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2023/10/25      |  Written By:  Captain C Singo   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE – Moru Daniel Nkali (52) appeared before the Thaba Nchu Regional Court on Tuesday, 24 October 2023 where he was convicted and sentenced for corruption and defeating the ends of justice. On 01 November 2014 Nkali, who was the station commander at Excelsior SAPS at the rank of Captain, approached the complainant and demanded R1500 so that he can release him from custody. The complainant had been arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon.

The complainant then called a member of his family who came and paid R1500 to Nkali. The complainant was then released from custody after paying R1500. On 03 November 2014, Nkali then submitted the docket to the prosecutor with outstanding information so that the case can be withdrawn. The case was, as a result, withdrawn. Nkali approached the complainant again and demanded more money. The complainant then reported the matter to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team in Bloemfontein. A case was registered and further investigation conducted. On 13 November 2021, Nkali was arrested. He appeared in court on several occasions culminating in his recent conviction.

The court sentenced Nkali to five years imprisonment two years of which is suspended for five years. He will effectively serve three years direct imprisonment.

Free State Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime, Major General Mokgadi Bokaba has appreciated the sentencing. "This will serve as a deterrent for any member of the police who betrays their oath by being involved in corrupt activities. They will not be spared," she said.