July 28, 2017

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Motheo Tvet boss bust over R1.2m bribery

The elite crime busting unit, the Hawks, arrested the official together with an accomplice at a lodge

The two men arrested at a Bloemfontein lodge for allegedly trying to solicit a R1.2 million bribery from a top executive of a security company that won a tender at Motheo TVET will have to wait until next Tuesday to hear if they will be getting bail or not.

The suspects made an initial appearance on Wednesday in the Bloemfontein regional court before their case was remanded.

Jeremiah Dela and Takalani Mongalo, aged 38 and 35 respectively, were arrested by the elite crime busting National Anti-Corruption Unit which operates within the Hawks on Monday.

Dela is the deputy chairperson of the Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein while Mongalo is an administrative clerk working for the provincial department of police, roads and transport.

However, Motheo TVET had not responded to written enquiries from The Weekly seeking the college’s stance on the arrest of its senior staffer by the end of business on Wednesday.

The unit nabbed the two after a trap was set for them at a lodge where the money was to be exchanged. The duo allegedly asked the chief executive officer of the security company for the money saying they would ensure that the firm’s contract with the college is not cancelled.

The arrest of the two was announced to the media by the Hawks spokesman, Captain Sfiso Nyakane.

“The officers received intelligence information that the duo demanded R1, 2 million from a CEO of a security company for protection fee and to ensure that his security contract is not cancelled at Motheo,” said Nyakane.

Nyakane noted the suspects agreed to meet with the CEO of the security company at a lodge in the city and a trap was set leading to their arrest as they received the money.

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