Top NPA men face court af­ter po­lice raid

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - GRAEME HOSKEN

A HIGH-RANK­ING National Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) mem­ber is be­hind bars af­ter he and a former col­league were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the al­leged rig­ging of a multi-mil­lion rand se­cu­rity ten­der.

The two were held in Cape Town and Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day dur­ing raids on a lo­cal house and the NPA’S head of­fice in Sil­ver­ton.

Among those ar­rested by heav­ily-armed mem­bers of the Hawks was a se­nior mem­ber of the NPA’S sup­ply chain man­age­ment of­fice, and a former mem­ber of the pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­ity’s se­cu­rity risk man­age­ment environment.

The two, who are be­lieved to be part of a larger group of peo­ple fac­ing im­mi­nent ar­rest, are thought to have cashed in on the ir­reg­u­lar award­ing of a R23 mil­lion ten­der for se­cu­rity for NPA staff and build­ings in Kwazulu-na­tal.

NPA spokesman ad­vo­cate Mthunzi Mhaga de­clined to com­ment fur­ther on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion or the ar­rests, “as it is strictly a po­lice mat­ter”.

Gaut­eng provin­cial po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said the ar­rests were car­ried out si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

The sus­pects were ex­pected to ap­pear to­gether in the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day on charges of fraud and cor­rup­tion, he said.

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