Former Western Cape official arrested over R35m tender fraud

Cape Town- A former Western Cape government official has been arrested for allegedly rigging tenders to the value of R35m, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old was arrested on Friday, following lengthy investigations into tender irregularities, provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said.

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.

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

"As a result of the accused’s unscrupulous actions, tenders were allegedly awarded to undeserving companies, which had ties to the suspect," said Ramovha.

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

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