Mjonondwana said more than R56m was paid in total to the respondents, despite the financial implications of the tender being only R50m, an amount that already included Value Added Tax (VAT).
“Both SAPS and the SA Revenue Service (Sars) suffered prejudice as the first and fourth respondents were not registered as VAT vendors, nor were they registered for VAT at the time the tender was awarded, hence they failed to pay VAT despite charging SAPS VAT on all their invoices,” she said.
The AFU’s forfeiture application was based on the credit balances and interest accrued in the bank accounts which had been proceeds of unlawful activities and that the “bank accounts were instrumentalities of the offence of fraud and/or money laundering”, according to Mjonondwana.
“AFU viewed the deposits into the bank accounts as another looting of state coffers.",
Barnard said he had been convinced that all the respondents were involved in a well-orchestrated scheme to defraud SAPS and to launder the money to ensure that its origin was not detected.
Mjonondwana said the respondents failed to provide any proof of services they were expected to render to the SAPS.
She said the NPA would continue in the fight to rid government of corruption, and would not hesitate to use its asset recovery powers to reclaim the state.