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Court slaps top SA cop with R2.3-million restraint order

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL Adeline Shezi, one of South Africa’s senior female police officers who is on trial for fraud, corruption and money laundering after she allegedly received kickbacks of just over a million rands, has, along with fellow accused, been slapped with a restraint order by the courts.

Shezi, the suspended head of the South African Police’s Technology Management Services, is on trial after she received kickbacks to the value of R1.1-million from companies that won tenders from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The company that paid the bulk of the kickbacks – R793 059, won an R6-million contract from SAPS. The R6-million contract was allegedly approved by Shezi.

The restraint order was served against Shezi, who is on trial with sister Mathilda and her nephew Tshepo Khoza and their companies. The order handed down by the Gauteng South High Court also prevents Mathilda Khoza’s husband from dealing in any manner with the restrained assets – valued at R2.3-million – unless authorised to do so.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the assets have been restrained pending the outcome of the criminal trial against Shezi, her sister and Khoza, who are standing trial for fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The NPA explained the case against Shezi, her sister and Khoza.

“In 2015, Shezi bought a property, partly demolished it and had it rebuilt to her specifications. The renovation project amounted to R1.6-million. Because she was short of funds, a service provider of the SAPS, Jenerique Bayard, made payments towards the renovations of the property to the tune of R793 059. From March 2015 to 2 July 2017 tenders were awarded to Bayard’s company to the value of R6 million. The final approvals for procurement of these tenders were done by Shezi.

“In addition, the renovations were financed by means of the unlawful facilitation through approvals or recommendations of contracts to Black Rebel and Grey Apple. All the contract values were inflated and the process manipulated to facilitate the desired outcome, namely, the awarding of the contracts to Black Rebel and Grey Apple. In granting these contracts to Black Rebel and Grey Apple, they received proceeds of crime totalling R962 250. This amount is made up of R486 000 and R476 250, the value of the two contracts, awarded to Black Rebel and Grey Apple. Tshepo Khoza and or his companies contributed to the renovation of the property.

“Black Rebel also made payments totalling R162 000 to Mathilda whilst Grey Apple made payments totalling R50 000 to Mathilda. In turn, Mathilda contributed R211 00 to the renovations of the property to Shezi.”

The NPA said more charges against Shezi and others could be expected.