Corruption rears its ugly head all over the country. But it often seems to get away with a whole lot more in the Eastern Cape. From money stolen from a Mandela memorial service, to the infamous “ambulance scooters” purchased during the time of COVID. The Health MEC behind that is facing criminal charges, the Health Minister who unveiled the scooters with her, Zweli Mkhize, also lost his job over tender corruption claims.
Eastern Cape government official arrested over R3m bribe for tender
The Investigating Directorate and Eastern Cape SAPS have confirmed that a “senior Eastern Cape government official” and two others have been arrested over the weekend.
The trio were arrested in connection with allegations that they paid an R3.5 million bribe as part of a South African Police Service tender.
The tender being investigated by the ID was a R36 million furniture tender that was linked to the National office of the South African Police Service.
“The accused were arrested on Saturday, 21 May in Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. The trio is expected to appear at the East London Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, 23 May 2022.”Investigating Directorate Spokesperson Sindiswe Seboka
Busy weekend for Eastern Cape SAPS
This week when not dealing with tender fraud, police in Gqeberha managed to arrest four alleged highjackers soon after a vehicle was stolen.
The Uitenhage SAPS K9 Unit was patrolling in Rhalo Street, KwaMagxaki on Thursday night, when it spotted a white Ford Ikon. Officers began following the car as they suspected it may have been hijacked earlier that day in New Brighton.
While following the vehicle, members of the unit ran the numberplate through SAPS systems. As the vehicle pulled into a petrol station, officers received confirmation that the vehicle had been hijacked.
They wasted no time moving in. Four male occupants were arrested on charges of hijacking. They are between 18 and 29 years old.