The arrest of Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya over fraud, corruption, theft, and money laundering took Mzansi by surprise. Bonang Mgwenya was accused of pocketing R500,000 kickbacks from an R200 million contract of supplying emergency warning equipment to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2017. Instrumentation for Traffic Law enforcement (Pty) Ltd was awarded the contract. It is alleged that the director of the named company, Vimpie Manthatha, had a close relationship with Mgwenya.
Who paid Bonang Mgwenya's bail? She applied for bail, and Palm Ridge Magistrates Court granted her R20,000. The ex Gauteng police deputy police commissioners, and the former acting police commissioner, Khomotsa Phahlane, were among the several senior police officials linked to the Bonang Mgwenya case. Bonang and the co-accusers will appear in court again on 16th November. The controversial and former boss of Gauteng Hawks, Shadrack Sibiya, paid the R20,000 bail for Lt Gen Bonang Mgwenya.
Bonang Mgwenya profile summary
- Full name: Bonang Christina Mgwenya
- Career: Deputy National Commissioner (Human Resource Management)
- Nationality: South African
- Bonang Mgwenya Twitter: @Bonang96908986o
Bonang Mgwenya biography
Major General Bonang Christina Mgwenya was appointed to hold the position of Chief Operations Officer in the office of the National Commissioner at the level of Lieutenant General as a Deputy National Commissioner on 26th August 2010.
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She served in the former Lebowa Police since 7th July 1986. In 1995, she was part of the team that formed the amalgamation with the South African Police Service. Lt General Bonang Mgwenya also worked in the Ministry of Safety and Security. She was appointed as the Chief of Staff and then redeployed to the South African Police Service in 2003.
She also served in various committees at the Head Office level. Bonang Mgwenya qualifications in academics include a diploma in Police Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Police Science, and a Masters in Public Administration.
When was Bonang Mgwenya arrested?
The cops' raid happened on Monday, 12th October. They took her to Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Johannesburg a few hours later. The SAPS was accused of taking part in the R191 million tender fraud, ignoring the competitive bidding process, and favouring Manthatha’s company.
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The company received R65 million, and the police seized the R440,000 luxury vehicle that Manthatha allegedly bought for Mgwenya. The R22 million payment was stopped in advance when the investigations kicked in.
Why did SAPS suspend Bonang Mgwenya from office in 2019?
The SAPS corruption case is not the first scandal Bonang has been involved in while holding the position of the Deputy National Commissioner. In 2019, she was suspended over misconduct that led to the abuse of authority. An anonymous informant accused Mgwenya of helping her son to acquire a fraudulent driving license for learners from a testing station that dealt in that illegal business.
Bonang Mgwenya pictures
According to her Twitter page, Bonang states that she is passionate about human nature and empowering women and children. Below are several pictures of her:
- Bonang Mgwenya is an inspiration to women
Bonang's achievements motivate women in South Africa to join the police force and bring out their best performance. She is among the few females in top positions at SAPS.
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- Mgwenya attended the 2018 Provincial ExcellenceAwards in East London
Mgwenya gave a touching speech at the ExcellenceAwards in November 2018. She congratulated the winners for the awards and appreciated their commitment to SAPS.
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- Bonang celebrated WomensMonth in Limpopo
In August 2019, Lt Gen Bonang Mgwenya joined theWomensMonth celebrations in Limpopo province. She appreciated the women's efforts and significant results they had achieved in fighting crime in the region.
South Africans are waiting eagerly for the final verdict from the court concerning Bonang Mgwenya's case. Will the truth about the fishy tenders she has been accused of handling come out?
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