Businessman in court for attempting to bribe a top manager of the SAPS with R5 million

The case of a Kempton Park businessman, Takalani Archibald Maraga Tshivhase, whom the Hawks had arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe a top manager of the South African Police Service (SAPS) with R5 million, was postponed this morning.

Fifty-nine-year-old Tshivhase reappeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on a charge of corruption and his case was postponed to 24 April 2014 for further investigation.

The Pretoria-based Serious Economic Offences Unit of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), the Hawks, arrested the suspect at his office in Kempton Park on 5 March2014.  He was released on R10 000, 00 bail the same day.

The accused allegedly offered a lieutenant general in the technology management environment of the SAPS R5 million to secure a multimillion rand tender for his company. The lieutenant general’s office had advertised the tender.

Tshivase is one of the directors of Pinnacle Holdings. The SAPS previously contracted the company to provide field terminals or Maxid/MaxID units. The units are electronic handheld devices used by the police for investigation purposes.

“This arrest should serve as a reminder to companies doing business with government that corruption is not an option in securing business deals,” said the National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Dramat.

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