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Senior government official implicated in massive R3.5 million bribe gets bail

A senior government official who was implicated in allegations massive R3.5 million scandal has been granted bail. 

Neil Naidoo, 62, director of community police relations of the transport & community safety department, was granted bail along with businessmen Kenny Govender, 54, of Gqeberha, and Mathew Pillay, 44, of Pretoria, by East London magistrate Luyanda Gobingca on Thursday.

Their relatives burst into tears after Gobingca said the trio were candidates for release on bail.

Naidoo, who said he could afford bail of R5,000, based on his gross salary of about R86,000, was granted bail of R15,000.

On his release, he was immediately issued with a notice of precautionary suspension.

Govender, who in his affidavit said he earned R100,000 a month and could afford R50,000 bail, was given bail of that amount, while Pillay was granted R15,000 bail.

Naidoo, Govender and Pillay were arrested on Saturday and are accused of corruption and defeating the ends of justice after allegedly trying to bribe investigators to halt an investigation into a multimillionrand SAPS furniture tender.

According to the state, Govender and Pillay won the tender through Gauteng-based KJP Traders to provide furniture to police across the country to the tune of R36m from 2015.


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