Malatsi to serve sentence in Mpumalanga

The former politician handed himself over to prison officials in Emalahleni on Monday morning.

Former Western Cape MEC, David Malatsi, won’t serve his five-year jail sentence in the province.

CAPE TOWN - It seems likely former politician David Malatsi will serve his jail term in Mpumalanga and not Cape Town.

The former deputy minister and Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC handed himself over to prison officials in Emalahleni on Monday morning.

This after he lost his appeal against a five-year prison sentence.

In 2006, Malatsi was found guilty of corruption for accepting R100,000 to approve a Plattenberg Bay development, despite environmental concerns.

It was expected that he would hand himself over to officials at Cape Town's Goodwood Prison, but he decided to do so in Mpumalanga instead.

Western Cape Justice Head Hishaam Mohamed said, "The law provides for him to serve the sentence where he has a permanent residential address, but that is the provocative of the Correctional Services commissioner."