Narissa Subramoney
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10 Sep 2021
5:26 pm

ID granted restraining order against SAPS tech head

Narissa Subramoney

A SAPS service provider foot the bill for home renovations of police's head of technology, in exchange for tenders.

Picture: GroundUp/Ashraf Hendricks/File

The High Court of South Africa Gauteng Division sitting in Pretoria has granted a restraint order against SAPS Technology Management Service Head Lieutenant-General Adeline Shezi.

Shezi, her nephew and businessman Tshepo Khoza, his businesses Black Rebel Projects and Grey Apple Trading Enterprise and Lieutenant Shezi’s sister, Mathilda Khoza are facing charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The Investigating Directorate has now seized assets worth R2.3million.

The restraint order also prohibits Mathilda Khoza’s husband from dealing in any manner with the realisable property unless he is authorised to do so.

The assets have been restrained pending the outcome of an ongoing criminal trial against the suspects at the Regional Court in Pretoria. That matter resumes on 04 October 2021.

In 2015, Shezi bought a property, partly demolished it and had it rebuilt to her specifications.

The renovations cost over R1.6 million.

But Shezi couldn’t afford to settle the bill until a Saps service provider, Jerenique Bayard, stepped in and made payments to the tune of R793,059.75.

After picking up the renovations tab, Bayards company scored tenders exceeding R6 million between 31 March 2015 to 2 July 2017.

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The final approvals for procurement of these tenders were done by Shezi.

In addition, the renovations were also financed by means of unlawful facilitation through approvals or recommendations of contracts to Black Rebel and Grey Apple.

All the contract values were inflated and the process was manipulated to facilitate the awarding of the contracts to the two companies.

In granting these contracts to Black Rebel and Grey Apple, they received the proceeds of crime totalling R962,250.

This amount is made up of R486,000 and R476,250 (the value of two contracts) awarded to Black Rebel and Grey Apple, respectively.

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Of the R962,250, Tshepo and/or his companies contributed to the renovation of the property.

Black Rebel also made payments totalling R162,000 to Khoza whilst Grey Apple made payments totalling R50 000 to Mathilda.

In turn, Khoza contributed R211,000 to the property renovations by making payments to Shezi.

The matter forms part of a broader investigation by the ID into corruption at the SAPS Technology Management Division. More Prosecutions against Shezi.