Cambridge cop given 9 years imprisonment for corruption
Constable Mkhanyiseli Mashiyi (43) of the Cambridge South African Police Service (SAPS) cluster was given a nine-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of fraud, theft and defeating the ends of Justice by the East London Regional Court.
His cases had been under investigation for the past seven years. The former cop is notorious for preying on individuals he came across in comprising positions during his night shifts. He demanded bribes in the form of money and material possessions from alleged criminals to avoid arrest.
“Most people would oblige for fear of arrest and embarrassment. However, the long arm of the law caught up with him when he was arrested in December 2012. The SAPS is determined to intensify the fight against corruption and is even tougher within its own ranks,” said Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana.
The investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Raoul Petzer, said the case took such a long time because of the stern defence. Detective Petzer spent some time convincing a reluctant witness to testify and to travel from Gauteng to East London.
“Mashiyi has tainted the reputation of the SAPS as his actions flew in the face of what the SAPS stood for. Even though it is not easy to work on the arrest of a fellow ex-colleague but protecting the community holds the higher premium. Police are paid to look out for the community not to prey on its vulnerability,” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga.
Ntshinga added that this sentence will serve as a deterrent to the members of the service not to associate themselves with criminality.