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By unknown | Jan 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza and Khanyisile Nkosi

Kingdom Mabuza and Khanyisile Nkosi

A cloud of fear is hanging over the heads of administration officials at the Johannesburg high court.

This follows the arrest of one of their own for allegedly being part of a syndicate that fraudulently freed criminals "on parole" in exchange for money. A source revealed to Sowetan yesterday that more arrests were imminent.

"The clerks were very uneasy [yesterday]. They fear that police will be closing in on some of them," said the source.

On Friday police arrested Refilwe Mahuma, a senior registry clerk of the Johannesburg high court, on suspicion that she led a syndicate responsible for the unlawful release of prisoners from jail.

It is alleged that Mahuma and her syndicate, which includes some of the clerks based at the Johannesburg magistrate's court, forged judges' signatures to unlawfully authorise the release of prisoners whose appeal applications had been rejected.

The clerks' duties involve processing paperwork for prisoners who bring appeal applications to court.

Police made a breakthrough after a prisoner who was unlawfully released was rearrested in December.

The prisoner was serving a 15-year sentence at Johannesburg prison for hijacking.

He had been in prison for under a year when he was released "on parole".

The source said several attorneys have also been fingered as being part of the syndicate.


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