The National Police Commissioner General, Khehla Sitole, has dismissed Deputy National Commissioner, Bonang Mgwenya, following damning crime allegations against her.
Mgwenya was arrested last month, in connection with a 2017 multi-million rand blue-lights tender fraud case with the Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, a company she had close ties with.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority, Mgwenya had a close relationship with Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement owner, Vimpie Manthata.
She and other senior South African Police Service (SAPS) officials apparently colluded with the company to ensure it was awarded a contract to install 1 550 police vehicles with warning lights at an inflated price.
It’s believed that during the procurement process, the accused ignored the competitive bidding process and committed SAPS to pay R191 million in favour of Manthata’s company in exchange for benefits they received from Manthata.
BREAKING: National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, has fired Deputy National Commissioner Bonang Mgwenya who is currently facing allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering. pic.twitter.com/EpWImZwer7
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Her arrest followed the nabbing of former Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, and former Gauteng Commissioner, Deliwe de Lange.
Mgwenya appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court last month, after she was arrested by the Investigating Directorate on criminal charges relating to corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.
Sitole initially suspended Mgwenya last month, during which a departmental investigation was conducted.
Mgwenya was subsequently charged, found guilty and summarily dismissed.
The video below outlines court proceedings during Mgwenya’s last appearance:
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