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IT company director arrested for approximately R130 million tender scam


Media Statement from Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service

GAUTENG – The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Germiston arrested a 62-year-old man for alleged fraud and corruption involving approximately R130 million tender scam on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

The suspect, Manuel Reimaldo Teixeira, Cornerstone & Blue Kit IT company Director allegedly inflated invoices which resulted in an actual loss of approximately R130 million for the network service provider, Cell C during the period of 2012 and 2019.

It is alleged that Teixeira together with his accomplice, Mohamed Ismail Admjee (44), Lufuno Lesly Nevhutalu (59), and Adriaan Pillay (38) who have since been released on bail, colluded and inflated rates for IT and network services required by Cell C which resulted in an actual loss of over R130 million collectively.

Teixeira handed himself accompanied by his legal representative at the Hawks’ office in Germiston on Tuesday, 30 March and subsequently charged for fraud and corruption.

He appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on the same of his arrest. He was granted bail of R50 000-00 and the case is postponed to 14 April 2021 where he will be joining his co-accused.   


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