The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has finalised its investigation into PPE corruption and fraud in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Zakheni Strategic Supplies, whose director Tembile Sangoni has already been implicated in the scandal involving Royal Bhaca, is one of the companies which benefitted from the SANDF contracts.
Sangoni is the cousin of Khusela Diko, whose dead husband, Chief Madzikane II Thandisiwe Diko, was the owner of Royal Bhaca. The Special Tribunal ruled in December the R125m worth of PPE contracts in which Royal Bhaca and its front company, Ledla, were implicated, were illegal and cancelled them.
Invoices for the SANDF orders, reports News24, indicate Zakheni Strategic Supplies was contracted to deliver PPEs worth R4.1m in June 2020. The case has been referred to the NPA for prosecution and for attempts to recover the money from the contractors.
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