A senior police officer and seven businessmen arrested over the weekend in connection with four irregular contracts at the National Police Commissioner’s office for business services were released Monday on bail of R3,000 each.
Brigg Stephina Mahlangu and the seven others appeared in Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on charges of fraud, theft, corruption and counterfeiting.
The contracts, worth R960,000, awarded between 2014 and 2017 were for the procurement of toner, teaching materials and digital recording systems, the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) Directorate of Investigation (ID) said.
The other defendants are Kishene Chetty, Kumarasen Prithiviraj, Salamina Khoza, Harry Milanzi, Abigayle Esau, Lorette Joubert and Vhutshilo Faith Mulaudzi.
ID Director Andrea Johnson said the arrests related to police contracts were a clear indication that niema nd, including government agencies, are exempted from evidence of crime.
“The continued hard work of the joint ID/SAPS team is commended.”
The case has been postponed to June 29.
Last week, 23 defendants in the same case appeared in court on allegations of fraud, theft and corruption in connection with police vehicle repair contracts. They were released on bail of R3,000 each.
Chetty and Prithiviraj also face charges in the case.
ID said the defendants in this case, including former police officers , police officers and various businessmen have been charged with conspiring on behalf of Chetty-owned Paroex Auto and Mechanical Holdings.
The company allegedly received six fraudulent contracts to service and repair police vehicles in 2017.
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