Advocate on trial for alleged tender fraud

2017-11-15 06:00

The corruption trial of a Bloemfontein advocate, Jeremiah Pela (35), and his co-accused, Takalani Mongalo (38), is set to take place in the Bloemfontein Regional Court.

The pair is at the centre of a corruption case involving security tender bribery at the Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Bloemfontein.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, provincial spokesperson of the Hawks, says the trial is set to be heard in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on 11 and 12 December.

This followed the finalisation of the investigation into the corruption saga which began when Pela and Mongalo were arrested early in May this year.

The duo is currently out on bail of R10 000 granted in May in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.

Pela currently serves as the deputy chairperson on the Motheo TVET College council in Bloemfontein amid corruption charges relating to alleged tender bribery of the institution he serves. Mongalo is an employee at the Free State Department of Roads and Transport.

The two suspects are facing fraud charges.

They were arrested by members of the Anti-Corruption Unit and Crime Intelligence early in May at a Bloemfontein lodge, reportedly after cash had been exchanged.

The suspects had reportedly finalised arrangements with the chief executive officer to meet at a lodge, where they were arrested.

Nyakane says the two accused allegedly demanded R1,2 million from a chief executive officer of the security company.

He says according to a finding of the investigation, the amount in question was a protection fee to guarantee that the security company’s contract with Motheo College was not cancelled.

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