Pretoria – National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has warned contributors of the SAPS to avoid corruption and illegal activity.
Sitole used to be talking earlier than the courtroom look of 42 accused, together with high-ranking contributors of the SAPS, for alleged fraud, amongst different fees.
They will seem within the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to stand fees of fraud, cash laundering, corruption and robbery on the subject of the manipulation of procurement paperwork which price the SAPS R85million.
The first team of 36 accused seemed in courtroom, adopted via 4 captains from Silverton police station.
Six extra accused seemed in courtroom the day gone by and have been launched on R5000 bail every.
They are Colonel Lawrence Thahane, Pragalathan Gouden, Anna Catharina du Preez, Lieutenant-Colonel Tshepo Mashego in addition to father and son, Volan Prithviraj and Kumarasen Prithviraj.
The team of 42 comprises police officers, retired captains and management clerks stationed on the provide chain submit at Silverton, in addition to providers.
They have been imagined to have manipulated the procurement paperwork for the branding of police cars to the song of R56m in addition to quoting SAPS tenders valued at R29m in general.
The alleged incidents, in step with the Investigative Directorate, took place greater than 200 instances between April 2016 and 2019.
They concerned quotations for contracts for the set up of palisades fencing, restore of state motor cars, gardening products and services, servicing of forklifts and portray products and services.
The arrests shape a part of the National Prosecuting Authority’s three-year investigations into corruption, which in June witnessed the arrests of 16 senior contributors of the SAPS.
After the primary team seemed in courtroom, Sitole stated: “The arrest of our own must send a stern warning to all law enforcement officers to steer clear of criminality and corruption at all times.”
He added that the most recent arrests have been indicative of the police’s dedication to preventing corruption inside of their very own ranks.
Meanwhile, Investigative Directorate head suggest Hermione Cronje stated they have been additionally happy with the dismissal of the appliance introduced within the Labour Court via seven of the accused.