KwaZulu-Natal - Former Howick SAPS Warrant Officer, Michael Sokhela, charged with 17 counts of misconduct, pleaded guilty yesterday to five charges including having sex with a 13-year-old schoolgirl and receiving stolen property taken during the murder and robbery of top KwaZulu-Natal government official, Warwick Dorning.
The State withdrew 12 other charges against Sokhela.
In his plea in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court, Sokhela admitted that he had been having sexual relations with the young girl who stayed with him in his room at the Howick police barracks.
He said consensual sex took place in July 2007.
Sokhela also admitted buying a DVD player, knowing that it had been stolen.
He got the DVD player from Welcome Madlala, one of the men convicted of Dorning’s murder. Dorning was gunned down in his home at Adam Hurst Farm, Howick, in November 2009.
Sokhela also admitted to drunken-driving. On December 13, 2007, he was stopped at a roadblock. His blood/alcohol concentration was more than three times the legal limit.
He also admitted to the “unauthorised borrowing” of four mattresses from the police barracks. Sokhela also pleaded guilty to crashing a police vehicle in December 2007.
Sentencing has been adjourned to October 15. - Daily News