Another top cop in Panday web

2015-03-02 00:00

THE police’s national head of Supply Chain Management is the latest top cop who may face disciplinary action for his alleged links with controversial ­businessman Thoshan Panday.

Major-General Ravichandran Pillay, based at the SAPS head office in ­Pretoria, joins the group of senior police officers who could face dismissal.

Pillay, who wields significant influence in the awarding of tenders and contracts, is accused of using a rental car paid for by Panday’s company while on official ­police business.

Panday has been accused of paying for gifts for provincial commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni and other senior Supply Chain Management policemen in KZN.

According to well-placed sources in ­national police and IPID structures, who could not be named for fear of reprisal, a memorandum was hand delivered to ­national commissioner Riah Phiyega on February 6.

The memorandum outlines recommendations that Pillay, Ngobeni and KZN Supply Chain Management Unit cops, Colonel Navin Madhoe and Captain Aswin Narainpersad, be charged departmentally and that they should be suspended until the internal process is completed.

A corruption investigation in 2010 linked Madhoe and Narainpersad to ­Panday, whose company Gold Coast Trading CC was awarded police accommodation contracts worth millions.

The two were allegedly instrumental in channelling nearly R15 million in accommodation contracts to the company before the investigation commenced and Ngobeni was accused of trying to halt the criminal investigation into Panday.

Charges against Panday, Madhoe and Narainpersad were withdrawn by the ­National Prosecuting Authority.

In a separate criminal investigation, ­evidence indicated that Panday had paid for a birthday party for Ngobeni’s husband while he was suspect in an ongoing ­investigation.

Again, the NPA declined to prosecute her.

Pillay’s alleged links to Panday are ­contained in a case dossier from the original investigation into the award of the accommodation contracts, and are understood to be the basis of IPID’s recommendation that he face departmental charges.

The dossier, obtained during a Witness investigation, reveals that while on official police business in Durban, Pillay used a hired car which had been paid for by ­Panday’s company.

This is detailed in an affidavit from Kobus Small, a risk investigator at Europcar.

The affidavit revealed that a staff ­member of Gold Coast Trading made a reservation for the rental of KIA Cerato, which was to be collected by Pillay, and lists his ID number.

“When Mr Pillay arrived on 24/06/2010 at 1.20 pm to collect the ­vehicle the status of the vehicle was ­upgraded to that of a Toyota 4X4 2.5l ­double cab bakkie as recorded in the rental agreement. The amount of R1 535,92 was paid for by Gold Coast Trading voucher C112250453.”

The same vehicle was returned by Mr Pillay two days later.

The rental agreement, also obtained by The Witness, listed Gold Coast Trading CC as the customer to be billed.

The agreement lists the driver’s name as R.S. Pillay, and was signed by the top cop.

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