Government Official Nabbed For R35 Million Tender Fraud


South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) arrested an ex-government official over a R35 million tender fraud.

BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that the 52 year-old former high-ranking government official is expected to appear in the Bellville Specialized Commercial Crime Court come October.

Hawks’ Commercial Unit arrested the ex government official after it was discovered that he manipulated tender processes.

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As alleged, he “was instrumental in manipulating the tender processes of the Department of Health in the Western Cape between 2009 and 2010.”

It was gathered that the tenders worth about R35 million. And, were out-mapped to enable the provision of security services to local clinics in the Western Cape Province.

SAPS related that the accused’s actions caused tenders to be unduly awarded to undeserving companies.

“…On-going investigations, have since linked with the accused.

He is expected to appear at the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on the 13th of October 2016 to face charges relating to Corruption, Fraud and Money Laundering,” SAPS stated.

Meanwhile, SAPS in a media statement, related that it nabbed one Muhammad Ismail Essack of Modimolle in Limpopo.

Essack was declared wanted by members of the OR Tambo International Airport’s (ORTIA) Detective Task Team after he failed to return a hired vehicle to an airport based car rental company.

According to SAPS, Essack duped the car rental company into renting him a luxury sedan. Instead of returning it on the agreed date, he sold the vehicle to a Hammanskraal resident for R45 000.

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Subsequent investigation by the task team revealed that Essack has another 32 pending cases of fraud and theft of motor vehicles.

As learnt, the 32 cases occurred around Modimolle. The cases are being investigated by the Modimolle Police Station and he will appear in the Modimolle Magistrates’ Court on 22 September 2016.