Limpopo company found guilty of fraud, corruption for its part in prison tender scandal

A company has been convicted of fraud and corruption after it emerged that a former Limpopo prison procurement officer, who was dating the owner of the company, awarded a tender to it.
The Makhado Regional Court recently convicted Vhalenda Zwashu Trading Enterprise of nine counts of fraud and corruption.
The company was represented in court by its owner, Delecia Sadiki, who is the girlfriend of Clement Raphalalani – the former deputy director of the Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Limpopo.
In September 2020, Raphalalani was convicted of corruption and fraud in the same court.
The charges date back to 2017 when Raphalalani awarded a tender worth R1 071 831 to Vhalenda Zwashu Trading Enterprise without following supply chain processes, Hawks spokesperson, Captain Matimba Maluleke said.
It also emerged that Raphalalani awarded a R2.7 million tender to Pengson Manufacturing and Distribution without following proper processes, the Hawks said.
Furthermore, it emerged that Raphalalani and a deputy director at the facility, identified as Thabo Makamane, irregularly awarded a tender worth R3 588 707 to Durafoarm Distributors CC in return for R569 500.
“The Kutama Senthumule correctional facility suffered a loss of over R18 million due to these corrupt activities,” said Maluleke.
Vhelenda Zwashu Trading Enterprise, Raphalalani and other accused will be sentenced on 14 April in the Giyani Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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