Khomotso Phalane arrested on charges relating to R86m blue light tender

Khomotso Phalane arrested on charges relating to R86m blue light tender

- Former police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has been arrested over charges placed against him by the IPID

- Major General Ravichandran Pillay, head of the SAPS supply chain management, was also placed under arrest this morning

- Both are expected to appear later today in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court to answer to charges of fraud and corruption

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Both Khomotso Phahlane and Major General Ravichandran Pillay have been arrested in connection to charges concerning a R86 million blue lights tender.

Phahlane, former acting police commissioner, and Pillay, head of the SAPS's supply chain management, were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning.

The pair are expected to answer to charges of corruption and fraud today at the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court.

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This stems from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate's investigation into the matter. The watchdog had been digging into the 2016 tender, which had been awarded to a company owned by Vimpie Manthatha, Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement.

Other arrests had been made last year by the IPID when ex-Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange, Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Mokwena, Brigadier James Ramajalum and Nombhuruza Napo had all been nabbed on charges of corruption, fraud and forgery.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Manthatha's company had been contracted to install blue lights, sirens and radios in SAPS vehicles. Manthatha had allegedly submitted fraudulent tax clearance certificates when bidding for the tender.

According to News24, De Lange and co-accused now claim that the onus had been on the government to disqualify the company.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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