Former police officer accused of World Cup-related fraud, hands himself over
A former top-ranking officer is also expected to hand herself over this morning, and both will appear in court on Monday
A former police officer implicated in corruption relating to a multimillion-rand police tender, handed himself over at Durban Central Police Station on Monday morning.
The 52-year-old arrived at the police station with his attorney. A warrant of arrest was issued on Friday. It is believed that he was in Cape Town at the time.
A former top-ranking officer is expected to hand herself over this morning, and both will appear in the Durban magistrate's court later on Monday.
They are accused of corruption linked to 2010 Fifa World Cup police tenders involving about R47m. Controversial businessperson Thoshan Panday and police Col Navin Madhoe appeared in the Durban magistrate's court on Friday.
All four have been charged with multiple counts of corruption, while three of them face five counts of fraud, two counts of forgery and one count of uttering (when a person offers as genuine a forged instrument with the intent to defraud).
According to the charge sheet, Panday, Madhoe and a third accused, who is a police captain attached to the Supply Chain Management Services, “actively associated themselves with the common purpose and worked together to manipulate the procurement process to ensure that the common goal of the orders or contracts were awarded to a specific supplier”.
The fourth accused is accused of ordering the investigation into Panday's contracts to be stopped.
According to the charge sheet, Panday paid for the police officer's husband's birthday party in 2010.
Accused number four, being a person who holds a position of authority, who knew or ought reasonably to have known or suspected that any other person had committed the offence of theft or fraud involving an amount of R100,000 or more, had a responsibility to report such, it states.
“Accused number four at no stage declared her relationship with Panday, nor the gift or sponsorship she received from him in the manner of a surprised birthday party for her husband.”
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