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Will former MEC take corruption conviction to Supreme Court?

David Malatsi must decide if he will appeal his corruption case at the Supreme Court.

David Malatsi must decide if he will appeal his corruption case at the Supreme Court or hand himself in this week.

CAPE TOWN - The clock is ticking for former Cabinet minister David Malatsi to decide whether or not he should hand himself over.

On Tuesday, the former Deputy Social Development Minister lost his appeal against his five-year jail term.

Malatsi, who served as Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC, was found guilty of corruption in 2006 after accepting a large sum of money to approve a Plettenberg Bay development, despite environmental concerns.

He has been out on bail while appealing the ruling.

The judge sat only for a minute before giving his ruling on Tuesday.

He dismissed Malatsi's appeal and upheld his conviction.

Malatsi must start serving his sentence this week if he does not appeal his conviction.

His lawyer Frank Raymond said his client, who is currently in a town outside Pretoria, may hand himself over this week or take his case to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

"One would have to study the record and then see if he wants to appeal. Then obviously there must be an application which must be brought to the same two judges who heard his matter. It's up to him to decide; we're still studying the judgment."

Raymond said Malatsi did not react too badly to the judgment.

"He's a very cheerful person. He spoke to me and took note of what was said. After he reads carefully over the judgment, I'll take proper instruction from him."