Third SANDF officer arrested in connection with fraud and corruption

Antoerh army officer arrested in connection with fraudAnother senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officer – the third in just over a month – has been arrested in connection with fraud and corruption.

The officer, whose name, rank and unit has not been made public, was arrested on Monday at an unknown location and was due to appear in court today (Wednesday).

“Efforts by the military police and the Hawks aimed at clamping down on fraud and corruption in the SANDF have led to yet another arrest of the senior SANDF officer,” spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said in a brief statement.

“The officer was arrested on Monday following lengthy investigations. He is due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (August 10) for corruption and fraud charges.”

This arrest follows three others, one of them a senior officer based at the SA Army’s Army Support Base (ASB) in Potchefstroom, last week. The arrests came in the wake of what Mabanga said were “lengthy investigations” by the Military Police Agency in connection with corruption and fraud committed eight years ago. That was when an unnamed company was awarded a tender to erect a security fence around the base in the North West town that is home to a number of SANDF bases and units.

All three appeared in court and were granted bail. No indication of the bail amounts or their next court appearance was given by the brigadier general.

In the first of what can be termed the current round of fraud and corruption arrests, a brigadier general in command of the Signal Formation was arrested at the Signal Formation General Support Base (GSB) Wonderboom, north of Pretoria.

As with the other arrests, the Wonderboom arrest also come after a lengthy investigation by military police and Defence intelligence into tender and contract fraud for computer and cable maintenance as well as for air conditioning equipment maintenance at the base.