Johannesburg - A member of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) crime intelligence unit accused of defrauding police has been dismissed from the police service, it emerged on Monday.
Morris Lesiba Tshabalala, alias Captain KGB, was arrested earlier this month while checking in with his parole officer in Pretoria central and charged with theft and defrauding the police service of more than R500 000.
According to the charge sheet, Tshabalala, in one instance, defrauded the SAPS by falsifying that R470 000 was “needed to pay for blinds and curtains for a safe house” and he pocketed more than R200 000 from it.
He also faces a charge of corruption relating to R50 000 he received.
On Monday, a document emerged showing Tshabalala's official dismissal from SAPS on the basis of his previous conviction and prison sentence served.
The policeman was previously arrested in 1994, and convicted in 1996 for robbery with aggravating circumstances. He was sentenced to ten years behind bars.
After serving just over two years, at the Groenpunt Maximum Correctional Service Centre, Tshabalala was released.
He was then re-employed by SAPS after he was released on parole.
"You are hereby notified that you are dismissed from SAPS in terms of Section 36(1) of the SAPS Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995) on the basis that you were convicted of an offence and sentenced to a term of imprisonment without the option of a fine.
"Service termination has been duly informed to commence its processes of terminating your services," the letter, shared by eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan, reads.
Tshabalala is currently behind bars after his bail bid was denied.