Johannesburg - Tebogo Makena, a Pretoria prisoner who boasts about his flashy lifestyle in a video circulating on social media, is living the high life behind bars.
Inmates at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre said they were not shocked to see Makena trending on Twitter on Thursday as he lived a life of privilege in his single cell in A Section because he allegedly pays prison wardens for favours.
“This is not new to us. He boasts about clothes, jewellery and sometimes food. Wardens bring this stuff for him and he pays them handsomely. He scams people from outside while in prison, and the warden sometimes collect the money for him from outside,” said an inmate.
Makena, who is serving four years for malicious damage of state property and house-breaking, is also facing an ongoing charge of fraud and forgery,” said Gauteng Correctional Services spokesperson Mocheta Monama.
Makena, who is from Soshanguve, and Lucas Masemola were caught last year while running an extortion scam from inside Odi Prison. They allegedly posed as police investigators and would call police stations to obtain information on car hijackings and car theft.