Manager who wore Prada awaits his fate

Case against senior home affairs official has been postponed.
Case against senior home affairs official has been postponed.
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A senior official at the department of home affairs who was arrested two years ago on corruption charges will know his fate later this month.

The case against Elvis Ndatiseni Mavhungu, a manager at the Beitbridge Port of Entry in Musina, Limpopo, was postponed to August 24 for judgment. Mavhungu, 56, was arrested on May 26 2016 on corruption charges.

Following authorisation of an entrapment in terms of section 252(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 by the National Director for Public Prosecutions, Mavhungu was arrested in a project aimed at combating corruption and fraud by immigration officers.

He was one of the identified targets for the period between July 2015 and January 2016. On July 9 2015, undercover agents from the Hawks visited Mavhungu's office and, in exchange for an entry stamp in the passport of one of the agents, he allegedly received two pairs of Italian-style shoes, each valued at R3000.

According to Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the passport was stamped with an entry stamp and returned to one of the agents later that night.

He said on May 26 2016 they [the Hawks] had a "take-down-day" where a team went to Mavhungu's office. He was allegedly found wearing a pair of the shoes handed to him by the agents.

"The accused was found wearing Prada shoes," said Mulaudzi. He then led them to his residence and pointed out the other pair of shoes.

"The accused is facing one charge of corruption in terms of section 4 of Act 12 of 2004 and in the alternative, contravention of the provisions of section 49(5) of the Immigration Act. Alternatively, contravention of section 49(14) of the Immigration Act and alternatively contravention of section 49(2) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002," Mulaudzi said.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Limpopo Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said the state had requested a conviction on the charge of corruption.

"As the NPA, we want to send out a message to everyone that corruption of any form cannot be tolerated," she said.

Mavhungu appeared in the Limpopo High Court, Polokwane, on Thursday and the matter was postponed for judgment.

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