Tue, 04 Aug 2020

According to a statement by the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Investigative Directorate, the specialised commercial crime court based at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday postponed the matter for trial.

Trial date

A spokesperson, Sindisiwe Twala, said the trial has been set down for 16 November to 10 December 2020.

News24 previously reported that Manthatha's company, Instrumentation Traffic Law Enforcement, was awarded a contract in 2016 to supply and install blue lights, sirens and radios in police vehicles. Manthatha allegedly supplied fraudulent tax clearance certificates to SAPS in tender documents.

Since then, the accused were arrested on different dates. De Lange, Mokwena and Ramajalum were arrested in 2018.

Phahlane and Pillay were arrested in 2019.

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News24 also reported that it's not the first time Phahlane has found himself in the dock.

In 2018, he and his wife were arrested and charged with corruption, fraud and money laundering for accepting hefty kickbacks, including vehicles, allegedly in exchange for the awarding of lucrative forensic equipment supply tenders to Forensic Data Analysts, owned by Keith Keating.

However, in November of that year charges against the two were provisionally withdrawn in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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