Fugitive crime intelligence officer Morris “KGB” Tshabalala has been fired by the SA Police Service (SAPS).
Morris was fired on Friday last week, the same day he was denied bail by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court for allegedly looting the SAPS crime intelligence unit of more than R500,000.
In the resignation letter, Tshabalala is informed that his employment has been terminated because he had been “convicted of an offense without an option of a fine.” The letter, dated January 26 2018, was signed off by acting crime intelligence divisional commissioner Major General KB Ngcobo.
At his court appearance on Friday, the State alleged that Tshabalala did not surrender to the department of correctional services in 1996 to serve a 10-year jail sentence for an armed robbery committed in 1994 in the Mamelodi township, east of Pretoria.
At the time, he was also convicted of the illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Tshabalala lodged repeated appeals against that 1996 sentence, but was turned down by the courts. Tshabalala claimed that despite an arrest warrant being issued in 1998, he continued with his life because the lawyers who represented him at the time told him his appeal against his conviction and sentence had been successful.
While on the run, Tshabalala joined the elite SAPS crime intelligence unit, based in Erasmuskloof, east of Pretoria.
In 2013, Tshabalala was arrested in a pre-dawn raid in connection with a R3 million cash-in-transit heist in Sasolburg, Mpumalanga province. He was later acquitted of the crime.
State prosecutor Chris Smith on Friday told the court when police processed Tshabalala’s fingerprints after his 2013 arrest, they discovered he was a wanted man since 1998.
Tshabalala was then jailed at the Groenpunt maximum security prison and began serving his 10-year sentence for the 1994 armed robbery.
Two years down the line, in 2015, Tshabalala was released on parole. Despite being fired from the SAPS after his incarceration, Tshabalala reportedly remained on the police system and its payroll, receiving a monthly salary.
While out on parole following his release, Tshabalala reenlisted in the covert crime intelligence unit of the SAPS where he earns around R22,000 in the rank of police captain.
He was arrested earlier this month while checking in with his parole officer in Pretoria central.
Tshabalala’s dismissal followed that of former head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli, who is on trial for the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramokgibe, husband of his ex-girlfriend.
Mdluli had been on suspension for the past seven years while earning his salary and benefits from the SAPS. He has also faced numerous allegations of corruption.
– African News Agency (ANA)