Cops accused of corruption call case a ‘witch hunt’

South Africa

Johannesburg – A “witch hunt” is how police officers accused of corruption have described the case against them.

The legality of a R56-million vehicle-making tender is now being tested in court and 42 people are in the dock.

The charges are corruption, fraud, money laundering, theft and perjury.

Half of the accused are officers who work in the Supply Chain Management Division of SAPS but they said people have been arrested for following instructions.

“We have been brought before the courts for doing our daily functions and duties,” said one of the accused.

Those implicated allege the company overlooked for the tender is the one gunning for all of them now.

When asked for comment, the SAPS said the matter is sub judice and maintained that these officers do have allegations to answer to.

The matter is back in court in March next year.

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