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TimesLIVE timeslive.co.za 25 Nov, 2021 15:30 am

Phahlane, Mgwenya ask court to probe delays in R191m police 'blue lights' case

Applications by former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and former deputy commissioner Bonang Mgwenya, asking the court to enquire about delays in their impending “blue lights” case, began on Thursday.

Applications by former acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and former deputy commissioner Bonang Mgwenya, asking the court to inquire about delays in their impending “blue lights” case, began on Thursday.Apart from Manthata, Phahlane, Mgwenya and Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, other accused are former Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange, former Gauteng deputy police commissioner Nombhuruza Lettie Napo, James Ramanjalum, Ramahlapi Johannes Mokwena, Thomas Marima, Maetapese Joseph Mulaiwa, Judy Rose and Samantha Andrews.The charges relate to a multimillion-rand tender which Vimpie Manthata's company, Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, was awarded to fit emergency lights to police vehicles.The state alleges that during the procurement process, the police accused ignored a competitive bidding process and committed the SAPS to financial exposure of R191m in favour of Manthata' s company, in exchange for benefits received from Manthata.

She said the matter had been unreasonably delayed for more than a year.The Criminal Procedure Act provides that if a court finds the completion of proceedings was being delayed unreasonably, it may, among others, issue an order — where the accused has not yet pleaded to the charge — that the case be struck off the roll.

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