Police boss Bonang Mgwenya fir

Deputy police national commissioner f Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya
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Police boss Bonang Mgwenya fired amid corruption allegations

Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya and at least a dozen other suspects face corruption charges in connection with fraud amounting to R191 million. Mgwenya is alleged to have influenced the awarding of a contract to a company belonging to Vimpie Manthatha, another co-accused

Police boss Bonang Mgwenya fir

Deputy police national commissioner f Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya
Image source via Twitter @SAPoliceService

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Deputy police national commissioner for human resource management, Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya, has been given the axe.

Mgwenya was dismissed by national commissioner General Kehla Sitole on Thursday, 12 November 2020.

“Following due processes, the National Commissioner initially suspended Bonang Mgwenya on 15 October 2020 during which time a departmental investigation was conducted,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo in a statement.

“Mgwenya was subsequently charged, found guilty and summarily dismissed yesterday, 12 November 2020”

“The National Commissioner remains resolute in his efforts to clean the SAPS of any form of wrongdoing by members of all ranks”

SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo

Mgwenya allegedly received R500 000 in kickbacks

She was arrested in October for allegedly defrauding the police of R65 million as part of a dodgy tender to install warning lights on more than 1 500 police vehicles in Gauteng. Mgwenya is said to have made sure that Traffic Law enforcement (Pty) Ltd, a company belonging to Vimpie Manthatha, received the contract.

She was one of 13 suspects who were nabbed and is accused of bagging as much as R500 000 worth of kickbacks from the contract.

Prices in the tender reportedly bloated.

“During the procurement process, the SAPS accused completely ignored the competitive bidding process and committed the SAPS to financial exposure of R191m in favour of Manthatha’s company in exchange for benefits they received from Manthatha,” said ID spokesperson Sindisiwe Twala.

“Mgwenya today faces charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering for her role in ensuring the contract to supply emergency warning equipment for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2017 went to Instrumentation for Traffic Law enforcement (Pty) Ltd, while she enjoyed an undisclosed close relationship with the company’s owner, Manthata,”

Suspiscion was first raised after R65 million was paid to the service provider and the payment of the remaining R22 million was stopped. This is a result of the investigative work of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks.

Manthatha is alleged to have forked out R440 000 which went towards the purchase of a luxury vehicle for Mgwenya, which has also been seized by the authorities.