Gert Van Rooyen (62), security executive at Defensor Electronic Security Systems, Claudius Gerald Peterson (57), director at Defensor Electronic Security Systems and Steven Jonkers (55), deputy director general at the department of health were released on bail today after they were arrested on fraud charges amounting more than R384 million.
Van Rooyen and Peterson were both released on R100 000 bail and Jonkers on R50 000 bail.
When the bail was set in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court, a friend of the accused went outside and fetched a bag full of cash.
All three accused’ bail was paid in cash.
Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, National Head of the Hawks, welcomed the arrest.
It is alleged that during 2017 Jonkers, who once was a police officer awarded a tender irregularly to Defensor Electronic Security Systems company for rendering of security services to the department.
It is further alleged that the directors of the company submitted fraudulent documents in order to gain an unfair advantage over others to be awarded the tender as the highest bidder. They were awarded the tender between August and October 2017, worth a total value surpassing R224 million, however it later escalated to an amount exceeding R384 million.
he case was reported to the Hawk’s Serious Corruption Investigation in December 2017, where an inquiry was registered. The inquiry was turned into a case docket in January 2020 culminating to the arrest and subsequent court appearance today.
They were charged on allegations of fraud, contravention of Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 and contravention of the Private Security Industry Regulation Act 56 of 2001.
All three suspects handed themselves over to the Hawks this morning and are expected to appear before Kimberley Magistrate Court today.
“The wheels of justice may not have started quick enough in this matter, but there is no doubt that they grind exceedingly fine. It is concerning to observe the involvement of senior managers in criminal activities. The members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation shall continue to secure the attendance in court, of all those who involve themselves in committing national priority offences without fear, favour or prejudice as directed in section 17E(10) of the Police Act,” said Lebeya.
The case has been postponed to 10 November 2021 to the serious commercial crimes court.
Here is a video of how the money is being counted.