An SA Army brigadier general has been arrested in connection with charges of fraud and corruption, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said in a brief statement.
“Following a lengthy joint investigation between the Military Police and Defence Intelligence divisions of the SANDF into alleged fraud and corruption, Brigadier General Leon Eggers, the General Officer Commanding SA Army Signal Formation, was arrested today,” the statement, issued on July 7 said.
It added Eggers appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court and was out on bail.
Earlier reports have it he and two senior colonels under his command at the Formation’s general support base (GSB) at Wonderboom were suspended some five years ago.
The suspension followed an investigation, reported at that time by Gauteng Afrikaans daily Beeld, to have been done by Defence Intelligence, centred on Eggers and colonels Francois Hough and Lloyd de Jager.
It is believed the investigation had to do with allegations of tender and contract fraud for computer and cable maintenance as well as for air conditioning equipment maintenance.
Soldiers at the base, north of Pretoria, were informed of the officers’ suspension and a number of offices on base were sealed after which computers were removed by investigators.
This week’s SANDF statement, issued by head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, does not state make it clear if Eggers was on suspension at the time of his arrest.