Hlela in court over sheep for tenders scam

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Johannesburg - Former police general Hamilton Hlele, who was head of the South African Police Service’s (Saps) procurement department, once again appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday, on charges of corruption.

According to the Sunday Independent, Hlela will have to disprove the State’s claims that a company that got tenders paid for a holiday for him and his wife and for school fees for his two sons.

The newspaper reported that affidavits also show how Hlela and 14 other police officers allegedly received black refuse bags of meat, Persian rugs and envelopes of money as well as overseas holidays and jobs for families in exchange for tenders.

The officers, including three generals and the late former provincial commissioner Perumal Naidoo, also allegedly received deliveries of sheep.

Tenders worth over R4bn

A Special Investigating Unit probe was launched in 2010 into how Hlela and the other officers benefitted from more than R4bn worth of tenders.

Hlela, who first appeared in court earlier this month, handed himself over to police just days before his appearance. He was released on a warning and the matter was postponed to 27 June. On Friday, the case was postponed to September.

Hlela, 57, is accused of accepting over R52 000 in kickbacks from a service provider during his term of office.  Between 2008 and 2009 the money was allegedly used to pay for family leisure trips, university and school fees.

Hlela retired from the police in 2010.

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