Police Officials arrested on Fraud Charges of Fraud and Money Laundering

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National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole confirms an arrest on police officials former and current and company directors.

Sitole said a former Lieutenant General of the South African Police Service and six private citizens had Warrants of Arrest issued against them on multiple charges including Fraud, Corruption, Theft and Money Laundering.

Special Anti-Corruption Task Team under the leadership of Brigadier Tony Perumal was established by Commissioner Sitole following serious allegations of corruption and related crimes which date back to 2017 against the accused.

Further investigations revealed a tender fraud related to the marking of police vehicles where nine (9) members of the SAPS including senior officers, private company directors and employees were alleged to have been involved in an elaborate act to defraud the State.

“During a predawn raid the task team simultaneously arrested retired Lieutenant General Ramahlapi Johannes Mokwena (60) (Former Divisional Commissioner: Supply Chain Management, Pretoria Head Office) arrested in Rethabile;

– Brigadier James Ramanjalum (55) (Former Section Head Procurement) arrested in Rooihuiskraal,

– Brigadier Jabez Naidoo (49) (Station Commander: Point Police Station (KZN) and Former SCM Head, Western Cape) arrested in Durban;

– Brigadier Lesetja David Mogotlane (57) (Section Head: Mechanical Services) arrested in Soshanguwe;

– Colonel Thomas Dumisani Marima (50) (Section Commander: Vehicles and Tactical Equipment)

– Lieutenant Colonel Veeran Naipal (47) (Vehicle Support: Pretoria Central Garage)

– Lieutenant Colonel Alpheus Nkosibanke Makhetha (46) (Technical Expert: Vehicle Fleet)

– Admin Clerk Jacoba Magadela Havenga (49) (Chief Prov Clerk: New Vehicle Store, WC)

– SAC Marcell Duan Marney (33) (Chief Provisioning Clerk to Brigadier Ramanjalum)

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– Krishna Chetty (62) arrested in Centurion

– Kishene Chetty (38) arrested in Centurion;

– Lorrette Joubert (44) (Owner of Vatika Trading), arrested in Mountain View, Pretoria;

– Maricha Joubert (24) arrested in Mountain View, Pretoria;

– Kumarasen Prithviraj (owner of Kgotho) arrested in Mountain View, Pretoria;

– Volan Prithviraj (son of Kumarasen) arrested in Pretoria” said General Sitole.

Sitole added that of the nine arrested there is still a pending arrest of a Lieutenant Colonel that will bring the total to 10 of the number of police officers arrested.

Their court appearance dates is yet to be determined.

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