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David Malatsi hands himself over

David Malatsi, whose corruption appeal was denied, handed himself over to correctional services.

Court gravel. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services Department confirmed on Monday that ex-politician David Malatsi had handed himself over to prison officials in Emalahleni.

Last week, the former deputy minister of social development lost his appeal against a five-year jail term.

He was found guilty of corruption in 2006, after accepting R100, 000 bribe to approve a Plettenberg Bay development, despite there being environmental concerns.

Malatsi was granted leave to appeal his sentence at the same time his judgement was handed down.

He served as Western Cape MEC of Environmental Affairs at the time.

It was expected that he would hand himself over to officials at Cape Town's Goodwood Prison on Friday, but it turns out he decided to hand himself over to authorities in Mpumalanga.

Correctional Services Department spokesperson Koos Gerber said: "David Malatsi has been admitted to the Witbank Correctional Centre, which is in Emalahleni. He starts with his five-year sentence today."