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By unknown | Sep 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Gay socialite,Mveleli "Dr Love" Gqwede, left, is spitting fire after his lover, who is in prison, was denied a chance to be a free man.

Gqwede told Sowetan yesterday that he had lost faith in the country's justice system.

"I am appalled by Correctional Service officials and the parole board. My lover, Brian Ngcobo, should have been home with me by now, but he is not," Dr Love said. "Instead he is stuck behind bars for another year and all because of corrupt and incompetent officials."

Ngcobo, 35, was convicted of theft and possession of stolen property in 1999. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison. He has already served nine. He is in the Leeuwkop Prison.

"He has served almost half of his sentence," Dr Love said. "He has behaved well and even managed to secure a job so that when he is released he will not return to crime."

Ngcobo was due to be interviewed by the parole board in February this year but the interview was rescheduled to August because he allegedly did not have legal representation.

"In August they again turned him down," Dr Love said. "This time the board said he did not have a social worker's report.

"It is not his fault that prison social workers do not do their jobs. They knew he did not have the report but left it until the day of the interview."

He said Ngcobo was not yet free because the "officials involved want to be bribed". Ngcobo has been given a new date - next year in October - "because the board has a huge backlog".


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