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15 arrested, including SAPS members, for alleged corruption in R56m tender

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New arrests bring the total to 31 accused in connection with a multimillion-rand police vehicle marking case.

File picture: Nine of the suspects arrested are former and serving SAPS members.

FIFTEEN people have been arrested in connection with alleged corruption regarding a R56-million car markings tender.

Nine of the suspects arrested are former and serving SAPS members, while six are either associated with or are suppliers, and a seventh is on the run.

The accused were arrested between 9.30am on Friday and 1.30pm Saturday.

The arrests are a result of an integrated team consisting of members of the National Commissioner’s Task Team and the NPA’s Investigating Directorate under advocate Hermione Cronje.

The arrest of the 15 suspects brings the total to 31 accused in connection with the multimillion-rand police vehicle marking case. This after 16 accused, including a retired police general, senior and junior officers as well as suppliers, were arrested in June this year.

The 15 accused are to appear for the first time in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and theft, which allegedly relates to the manipulation of procurement documents for the branding of vehicles and a host of other transactions.

“I have always been very clear that criminality by members of the SAPS will neither be tolerated nor condoned, working with the Investigating Directorate has assisted in expediting this”, said the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole.