Dodgy PPE tender: Court grants preservation order against luxury vehicle bought for govt official

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Dodgy PPE tender: Court grants preservation order against luxury vehicle bought for govt official
Dodgy PPE tender: Court grants preservation order against luxury vehicle bought for govt official

Africa-Press – South-Africa. The Eastern Cape High Court in East London has granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) a preservation order against a vehicle that was bought for a senior provincial education department official,

allegedly as gratification for awarding a tender. The tender was for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). The order was made against the Mercedes-Benz

V-Class, which was purchased through an elaborate scheme involving three deals initiated with a payment of R328 000 paid by the supplier, Sigqibo Makupula of

Kups Trading, towards the purchase of the vehicle for the provincial department’s chief director for supply chain management, Marius Harmse. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Luxolo

Tyali, said Harmse was responsible for the department that signed off on the tender, which resulted in Makupula being paid R4 million by the Eastern Cape

Department of Education (ECDOE) on 31 August 2020. Tyali said: The NPA said Harmse and the salesperson who facilitated the transactions opposed the preservation application.

In handing down his judgment, Judge Phillip Zilwa said the property was currently in the possession of the police on the basis that it constitutes proceeds of unlawful activities, to wit, corruption and/or

money laundering. “The granting of this preservation order is part and parcel of the law enforcement agencies’ unwavering efforts to fight back against corruption in the government sphere, and not only are the law enforcement agencies making headway in this fight, but they are doing it together, with smooth cooperation between the diverse units,” said Tyali.

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