Community safety MEC welcomes arrest of ex-employee

2016-09-14 19:52
Dan Plato (City of Cape Town)

Dan Plato (City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – The law must take its course for a former Western Cape community safety official who was arrested for allegedly rigging tenders to the value of R35m, the department’s MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.

The man, a former senior official in the community safety department, was allegedly instrumental in manipulating tender processes at the provincial health department between 2009 and 2010, according to the Hawks.

The tenders were for security services at clinics in the province.

He was arrested on Friday following lengthy investigations.

Plato’s spokesperson Ewald Botha said the particulars of the case would not be divulged, as the 52-year-old had not yet appeared in court.

If it was the person reflected in their records, it related to criminal charges that followed the immediate dismissal of a formal employee, he said.

This was after the department became aware of "his dubious actions which brought it into disrepute".

"Minister Plato salutes the officials who became aware of his actions and who reported the matter, which ultimately led to corruption and fraud within the public service being tackled head on."

Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said tenders were allegedly awarded to undeserving companies that had ties to the suspect.

The man was warned to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on October 13, to face charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

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