Birds legend busted

SOCCER legend Andries "Chaka Cha-ka" Mpondo is among the prison warders who transported a convict to his parents' house to drink coffee.

SOCCER legend Andries "Chaka Cha-ka" Mpondo is among the prison warders who transported a convict to his parents' house to drink coffee.

The former Moroka Swallows midfielder faces a disciplinary hearing by the Department of Correctional Services.

On Friday Sowetan reported that the part-time Swallows under-19 coach and Godfrey Ntshenkong were arrested after they allegedly drove a convicted criminal to his home for coffee instead of taking him back to his cell after a court appearance.

Christopher "Gielie" Willemse, who is doing time in Krugersdorp Prison for assault, had to testify in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Tuesday.

Mpondo and Ntshenkong handcuffed Willemse and took him to court from prison.

But instead of returning him to prison the warders drove to Willemse's home in Claremont, western Johannesburg.

They allegedly allowed Willemse, who is also on trial facing murder and drug charges, to relax with his family while they drank coffee.

Little did they know that the country's top cop, Piet Byleveld, had tailed them from court.

He arrested them on the spot and had them charged with defeating the ends of justice.

The department said yesterday it was investigating the incident and that the two could be dismissed, depending on the outcome.

Spokesperson Simphiwe Kondleka said: "It is not right. If you take prisoners to court you have to bring them back to the centre.

"We have to investigate and get the facts and see if this warrants disciplinary actions or even possible dismissal."

Byleveld had told Sowetan: "We got a tip-off and decided to follow them from court.

"When we arrived at the house we found him relaxing with his family.

"We arrested the two officers on the spot."

The two appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Thursday.

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