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Police corruption case ‘blue lights’ postponed until March

The police corruption case involving former Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and other suspects has been postponed to March 11, 2022.

Six years are coming

The case concerns a tender of millions of Rand to supply emergency warning equipment to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2016.

The Palm Ridge Specialized Crimes Court on Thursday adjourned the case due to the unavailability of one of the accused’s attorneys.

The case is expected to continue in court next month to hear arguments over the alleged unreasonable delay in the trial, after Phahlane and former deputy police commissioner Bonang Mgwenya filed an application complaining of delays in the case.

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The suspects are Phahlane, Mgwenya, former Gauteng Police Commissioner, Deliwe de Lange, Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Nombhuruza Lettie Napo, Lieutenant General Ramahlapi, Retired Division Commissioner Johannes Mokwena, Brigadier General James Ramanjalum, Colonel Thomas Dumas Marima and Seargent Maetapese Joseph Mulaiwa.

The The Vanir-exoduss charged in this case are Judy Rose, Samantha Andrews and Vimpie Manthatha, the owner of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement (Pty) Ltd.

Multiple charges

The group is accused of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering in connection with the multimillion-Rand tender awarded to the company by Manthata to install emergency lighting in police vehicles.

According to the NPA’s Directorate of Investigation (ID) the contract was valued at R191 million, but R65 million was paid to the service provider.

A further payment of R22 million was halted as a result of the investigation of the case by the ID and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

“This case falls within the ID’s security sector investigations, due to the exposure of the top-level Saps procurement system capture at the time.

“Five other cases have since been registered regarding how service providers have illegally profited from contracts within the police force,” ID spokesman Sindisiwe Seboka said in a press statement. statement

Seboka said more cases related to corruption in Saps’ procurement processes will be registered in the near future.

compiled by Thapelo Lekabe

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