On Thursday, 14 May 2020, the Pretoria Regional Court sentenced Mr Irvin Thapelo Mokgosi to a five (5) year jail sentence for falsely representing himself as a member of the SANDF and for possessing and or wearing uniform with distinctive marks or crests belonging to the SANDF without the necessary authority. It was ordered that both counts be read together for sentencing. Furthermore, Mr Mokgosi was deemed unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103(1.) (g.) of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
The Military Police arrested Mr Irvin Thapelo Mokgosi during the clearing-in procedure of 21 South African Infantry Battalion soldiers at Tshwane Regiment in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria on Friday, 17 May 2019 for contravening Section 104 (5.) (9.) of the Defence Act 42 of 2000 read with Section 1 of the same Act.
In his absence on 14 May 2020, his lawyer pleaded guilty to all charges preferred against Mr Mokgosi and submitted a plea bargain in terms of section 105(a.) of the Criminal Procedures Act on his behalf.
The Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke welcomes the sentence and warned that no act of criminality will be tolerated and allowed to go unpunished in the military. General Shoke strongly reiterates that the wearing of any SANDF uniform items including current military paraphernalia when you are not an SANDF member is a punishable offense.