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South Africa: Second Most Senior Cop appears in court on corruption charges

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Deputy National Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya, has appeared in court on allegations of graft, fraud, theft and money laundering involving about R200-million.

Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ court following an early morning raid at her home in Johannesburg on Monday and She was released on R20,000 bail.

The top cop is being charged along with 14 fellow officers, including her boss, former acting SAPS national commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane.

Businessman Vimpie Manthatha, owner of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, is also appearing with the cops for defrauding the state in a blue lights and sirens tender scam.

Mgwenya still regarded as a pioneer in the organisation, was the first woman to occupy this senior position in the SAPS until her arrest . On 3 October, Mgwenya in full uniform represented the SAPS and spoke at the funeral of the highly decorated Anti-Gang Unit Section Head, Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear, in Cape Town on 3 October.

In the dock in court on Monday, she was dressed in civilian clothing.

Mgwenya had been handed a letter of suspension by National Commissioner Khehla Sitole in 2019 on another matter.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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