Former NPA prosecutor sentenced to 12 years for fraud and perjury

Alf Moselakgomo

Alf Moselakgomo

A former senior prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for fraud and perjury in the Pretoria magistrates' court yesterday.

Conwell Chavungwa was also fined R40000 for drunken driving.

Chavungwa was found guilty of misleading the NPA while investigating a case of fraud against the chief executive of Rainbow Kwanda, Kedibone Mashamaite. He also defrauded Nedbank when he applied for a R1,2million loan by misrepresenting the facts on the application form.

In October 2004, Rainbow Kwanda was paid R3,6million by the then director-general of the Mpumalanga premier's office, Stanley Soko.

Two days after the money was paid into his bank account, Mashamaite received a call from Chavungwa who was willing to stop the investigations at a price.

The money was made in three payments and later Chavungwa demanded another R3million from Mashamaite.

Last year he was arrested for drunken driving on the Ben Schoeman highway.

Chavungwa has appealed the fraud and perjury sentence and his bail of R50000 bail was extended.