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2010 World Cup Tender & Police Bribery Exposed

Former Kwa-Zulu Natal top cop, Mmamonnye Ngobeni, is expected to hand herself over to the police following corruption allegations involving a lucrative R47 million tender to accommodate police officers during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Along with another unnamed suspect, Ngobeni failed to answer her summons to the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday and both are expected to hand themselves over to the police, according to IOL.

Ngobeni was involved with controversial Durban businessman, Thoshan Panday, who obtained the R47 million tender and appeared in court last week, providing details about how he and police officers managed to defraud the state.

Panday alleges that he bribed police officers to award the tender, bankrolling lavish lifestyles, which includes a birthday party for Ngobeni’s husband at an upmarket restaurant in Durban. Ngobeni’s arrest will be another part of several made by the Hawks in the last week, among a string of other corruption cases being brought to light in South Africa in recent months.

This 2010 World Cup tender is just one of countless corruption scandals that have been brought to light, following 26 years of democratic rule by the ANC in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa touted a no-nonsense corruption policy in August. The four most prominent scandals making headlines over the years have been the Arms Deal, the 2010 World Cup, State Capture and the PPE scandals that occurred shortly after the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country. The three earlier scandals all occurred under the presidency and vice-presidency of former President, Jacob Zuma, who recently called for Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from Zuma’s State Capture hearings.

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