Convicted ex-minister expected to start jail term

Former Deputy Social Development Minister David Malatsi is expected to start his jail term on Monday.

Former Deputy Social Development Minister David Malatsi  is expected to start his jail term on Monday.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services on Sunday said it does not know when former Deputy Social Development Minister David Malatsi will hand himself over to prison authorities.

Malatsi was found guilty of corruption in 2006 after he accepted R100,000 to approve a development deal in Plettenberg Bay in Cape Town.

Malatsi was the Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC at the time.

Officials expected the 50-year-old to start his five-year jail term at the Goodwood Prison in Cape Town on Friday after he lost his appeal against his sentence this week.

Correctional Service spokesperson Koos Gerber said, "He has not yet reported at any correctional services centre. The moment he works through our doors then he becomes our customer."

There are reports that he will hand himself over on Monday, but this could not be confirmed.