Former Hawks officer imprisoned for pocketing R4 000 in ‘trap money’

For stealing money intended for a police operation, a former Hawks officer was sentenced to an effective four years in jail.

According to Hawks spokesman Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, Rodney Two-boy Mpapela, 61, appeared in the Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday on accusations of fraud.

The investigation began in 2007, when members of the Mthatha Serious Commercial Crimes Investigation team applied for R4 000 in trap money.


The operation was conducted, and the entire trap money was recovered from the target. It was registered at the local police station and later booked out by the investigating officers.

“Mpapela got the money from the then-unit commander, who has since retired, on July 8, 2011. The captain requested that the cash be kept in the safe by the new commander. The State withdrew the case involving the funds in question on March 10, 2016 “Mgolodela said.

Mpapela was instructed to refund the funds to the finance office in 2018, however the money was never received.

Mgolodela claims he denied having the monies on him.

“The Serious Corruption Investigative committee received information on his denied misconduct in 2020 for investigation, which led to his arrest on June 28, 2021. Mpapela appeared in Mthatha’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Court and was granted bail of R5000 “she said

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