- National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has axed his deputy Bonang Mgwenya
- The now-former Deputy National Police Commissioner is facing damning allegations of her involvement in crimes
- Mgwenya appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court after she was arrested by the Investigating Directorate on corruption charges earlier this week
National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has dismissed his deputy Bonang Mgwenya after allegations of her involvement in crimes surfaced earlier this week.
The former Deputy Police Commissioner appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday after her arrest by the Investigating Directorate on charges of corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.
In a statement confirming the move, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo commented on this controversial situation: "
Following due processes, the national commissioner initially suspended Mgwenya on 15 October during which time a departmental investigation was conducted."
The investigation was carried out and resulted in Mgwenya facing charges on which she was found guilty and summarily dismissed on Thursday said Naidoo, who concluded by commenting that:
"The national commissioner remains resolute in his efforts to clean the SAPS of any form of wrongdoing by members of all ranks."
Mgwenya was nabbed over her alleged involvement in a police tender scandal involving R191 million in state funding three years ago.
The disgraced official and her co-accused allegedly colluded to ensure a contract was awarded to a business owned by Vimpie Manthata.
The contract was to install 1 550 police vehicles with warning lights at a cost that was well above the usual.
Mgwenya is accused of ignoring the competitive bidding process, committing the police to paying over millions in favour of the company in exchange for kickbacks.
Mgwenya's slice of the pie is allegedly a BMW X5 from Zambesi Auto Motors, which Mathata paid R440 000 towards with a R284 580 discount negotiated.
The former deputy is the 13th suspect arrested in relation to this case and was released from holding on bail, which had been set at R20 000.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that SA National Defence Force surgeon general Zola Dabula has confirmed that deputy surgeon general Noel Ndhlovu has been placed on special leave.
This comes after Dabula had received legal advice that Ndhlovu should be placed on special leave after his wife, Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu, was arrested.
Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu has been taken into custody over R210 million in defence contracts were 'gifted' to her.
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