Tender corruption: 2 Arrested in Hawks sting operation, Polokwane

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Tender corruption: 2 Arrested in Hawks sting operation, Polokwane
Tender corruption: 2 Arrested in Hawks sting operation, Polokwane

The collaboration between the DPCI and the SIU has led to the arrest of two suspects for alleged bribery in Polokwane on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

The two suspects aged 44 and 34 were arrested by Hawks serious corruption members on Wednesday after they bribed an SIU investigator to exclude the portion of the report that recommended that their company be charged criminally and further asked to reduce the amount to be paid back.

The finding was that the service should pay back R3 million and face criminal charges for a tender that was not serviced yet they submitted documents to the Mopani Municipality for payments.

On Wednesday in one of Polokwane’s hotels, the suspects met the investigator and handed over a R300 000 gratification which led to their immediate arrest. Efforts are already underway to forfeit the R300 000 bribe money to the state and also to ascertain that the suspects are liable to pay back the R3 million.

The National Head of the DPCI Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has congratulated both teams for collaborating in the arrest of the two suspects. He welcomed the ongoing efforts by law enforcement by identifying and imposing significant arrests as well as investing in integrity and protecting government institutions from corruption.

Meanwhile, the Head of the SIU National Advocate Any Mothibi has also welcomed the arrest of the criminals and commended the SIU investigator who has demonstrated that SIU investigators put integrity at the center of their work. Advocate Mothibi also commended the excellent collaboration between the SIU and Hawks that led to the arrest.

“We are proud of our official who stayed true to what he stand for and put integrity before greed,” he concluded.

The suspects are expected to appear at the Polokwane Magistrate court on Friday in charges of corruption.

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