A police group commander who “lied” in court about a bribe he took, was jailed for six years on Monday. Shaun Davids held the rank of warrant officer at the Steenberg police station, in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. He appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg, who found him guilty of corruption.
A 52-year-old former high ranking government official is expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in October in connection with tender fraud amounting to about R35 million. He was arrested on Friday by the Hawks’ Commercial Unit. “It is alleged that the accused was instrumental in manipulating the tender processes of the Department of Health in the Western Cape between 2009 and 2010. The tenders‚ worth approximately R35 million‚ were in respect of provision of security services to local clinics in the Province.
The crime statistics released on Friday point to two “key concerning trends” related to public safety in South Africa: the increase in the murder rate‚ and a rise in organised crime. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was reacting to the crime statistics that were presented before the Police Portfolio Committee in Parliament. “The murder rate is a key measure of violence in society. The increase in this category means we must rethink our approach to improving public safety‚’ said Dr Chandré Gould‚ ISS researcher.