Former Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was arrested this time on new charges brought by an independent police investigation (IPID) for an R86m Blue Light Tender.
Along with Phahlane, Maj. Gen. Ravichandran Pillay, Head of Supply Chain Management at SA Police Service (SAPS), was arrested early in the morning on Friday morning.
They are expected to appear in court on Friday morning in Johannesburg for fraud and corruption.
The fees come from a 2016 call for tenders awarded to Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement by millionaire Vimpie Manthatha.
Last year, IPID arrested former Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange, a National Department Commissioner responsible for supply chain management, Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Mokwena, Brigadier James Ramajalum and Gauteng's Deputy Chief of Police Nombhuruza Napo for corruption, fraud, falsification and statements related to the same case ,
De Lange was released on bail in November 2018 by the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg. Manthatha is number one in this matter, which was postponed to March 2019.
Phahlane and Pillay are expected to be associated with the De Lange case after their first appearance.
Manthatha Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement has been tasked with the delivery and installation of flashing lights, sirens and radios in SAPS vehicles. Manthatha allegedly supplied fraudulent tax exemption certificates to SAPS in tender documents.
De Lange and her co-defendants, who all plead not guilty, are claimed by the state, "have not taken the necessary steps to disqualify instrumentation [Traffic Law Enforcement] and was misrepresented to the accounting officer of the SAPS and / or the National Treasury for not having been required to ensure that the winning bidder was not selected to deliver the equipment because it was not tax compliant and / or provided fraudulent tax certificates , "
In 2011, The star Reported that the "Blue Light Prince Manthatha" had traveled with his own blue light escorts of vehicles of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).
He denied this and said he had reached an agreement with the JMPD to obtain an escort when accepting foreign dignitaries.
This is not the first time that Phahlane has been docked due to alleged corruption related to SAPS tenders.
In February 2018, Phahlane and his wife Beauty were charged with corruption, fraud and money laundering for having suffered heavy setbacks, including vehicles allegedly awarded for lucrative forensic equipment offerings to Forensic Data Analysts owned by Keith Keating.
In December 2017, IPID investigators searched the homes of Keating and Phahlane after nearly a year of investigation.
However, in November 2018, the charges against Phahlane were provisionally withdrawn from Pretoria's Specialized Commercial Crimes Court.
It is not immediately clear when or if these fees will be reinstated.
News24's sister newspaper, The Witness, reported in 2015 that Pillay, who oversees police procurement, may have been disciplined for his alleged ties to controversial Durban businessman Toshan Panday.
Pillay was provided with a rental car paid by one of the Panday companies he used as a police officer during his tenure.
Panday has been accused of paying gifts for millions in SAPS tenders for various KwaZulu Natal top police officers.
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