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EX POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL ORDERED TO PAY BACK THE MONEY: FREE STATE
2023/11/02      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel Z Mohobeleli   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE: A former police officer, Lieutenant Colonel Salmina Khuthala Majingo (47), has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud against her. She was sentenced to a fine of R60 000 or three years imprisonment which is wholly suspended for five years. In addition, the accused was ordered to pay the money she took fraudulently back from the State.

Majingo was arrested on 28 June 2023 in Vereeniging for fraud. The officer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in Kestell in 2012. Upon resuming duties in her new post, she did not reside in Kestell. Instead, she travelled in an official vehicle to and from work between Bethlehem and Kestell. Months later, she submitted a claim for resettlement costs to the amount of over R19 000 without having relocated to Kestell. Resettlement cost is a benefit given to members of the South African Police Service who have been appointed to a post outside their primary place of residence. 

The matter was referred to Serious Corruption Investigation team based in Bloemfontein whose work culminated in a warrant for her arrest being issued.