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sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that a retired SA National Defence Force (SANDF) brigadier general has been arrested in connection with alleged irregularities relating to a R2.2-million tender for heat-resistant buffs and military goggles for soldiers undertaking peacekeeping missions in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Mendis Eddy Mondlane, 67, appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court alongside co-accused, Mugisha Charles Mwali, on Thursday, after military police arrested them on Wednesday. Mondlane has been charged with three counts of fraud, and Mwali, the director of Phomolo Enterprises, which was awarded the contract in February 2016, has one fraud charge against him. The charges stem from alleged misrepresentations made in support of the awarding of the tender. The State has accused Mondlane of intentionally making false representations about Phomolo to the Central Procurement Service Centre (CPSC). Mondlane allegedly told the procurement centre that Phomolo had previously supplied the Great Lakes Region with military hardware, that the company had produced the buffs and dust goggles' specifications as required by the end-user and that it had undertaken to provide the equipment in time for mobilisation. The general has also been accused of lying about Phomolo having had experience in supplying military hardware and meeting the requirements and turnaround time for delivery of the equipment. Mondlane was granted R10,000 bail and Mwali was granted R5,000 bail. The matter was postponed to 17 July for outstanding investigations to be completed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Alex Mitchley at News24
  • Read too, Retired SANDF Brigadier General, company director out on bail following a R2.2 million military tender fraud, at IOL News

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