Police officers involved in R56 Million fraud

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga

Fifteen people appeared at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday for bail hearing in connection with the R56 Million Police car branding case .They face charges of fraud, money laundering, Corruption and Theft. The 15 accused are police officers who are stationed at the Supply Chain post in Silverton along with retried captains, admin clerks and civilians.

The case relates to the accusations of manipulation of procurement documents for the branding of police vehicles as well as cover quoting of written price quotations for the South African police services.

The alleged criminal incidents happened more than two hundred times between the period of April 2016- 2019. The quotations allegations relate to contracts for the installation of palisades fencing, repair of state motor vehicles, gardening services, servicing of forklifts and painting services, totalling R29 million.

One more accused, who only handed himself over on Sunday, will appear at court  on Wednesday 2 September for his formal bail application.

The matter involving 15 accused police offices was postponed to 29 September .The accused will join   16 others who  appeared in court in June. In total, there will be 32 accused. Investigating Directorate Prosecutor Tilas Chabala said more arrests can be expected in this case

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