7 November 2018

South Africa: Retired Gauteng Top Cop Charged With Corruption


A recently axed Gauteng Police Commissioner appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday with three others currently employed at the SAPS. They face charges of corruption, forgery and theft.

Former Lieutenant-General Deliwe De Lange, a former Gauteng Police Commissioner, appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes court in Johannesburg for allegedly unlawfully giving a tender to procure equipment for newly purchased SAPS motor vehicles with blue lights, sirens and radio equipment.

She appeared alongside three other police officers, Supply Chain Manager Ramahlapi Mokwena, Head of Procurement James Ramanjalum and Deputy Commissioner in Supply Management Lettie Napo - and another accused, Vimpie Manthatha,director of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement.

According to Prosecutor Richard Chabalala, the accused are charged with forgery, uttering, theft and corruption and have robbed the public purse at the Regional Division of Gauteng of an amount of R84-million.

Manthatharesponded to the division's invitation to submit bids and quotations in 2016 for the supply of the equipment with fraudulent documents that misrepresented the tax status.

Between January and April 2016, the procurement processes were overlooked in favour of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, setting aside all organisational policies.

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