Former minister, DG appear on corruption charges

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Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is seen briefing reporters in Johannesburg. The minister is currently on a study tour to Los Angeles and New York to study, and observe, various issues pertaining to electronic monitoring for jails.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is facing corruption charges, along with the department&39;s former Director General, George Mahlalela. 

The two are out on R10,000 bail after appearing in the Durban and Pretoria Commercial Crime Courts, respectively. 

Ndebele served as Correctional Services Minister from 2012 to 2014, then as Minister of Transport between 2009 and 2012. 

Mahlalela was appointed director general of the Transport Department in 2010, but no longer retains the position. 

Three other accused, Gilbert Thwala, Teboho Mphuti and Justine Sibusiso Ncube, also appeared in the Pretoria court alongside Mahlalela. 

Four companies have also been accused in the case. They are... Brand Partners (PTY) Ltd, Sinosa Construction (PTY) Ltd and Mandate Strategy Roadmap and Delivery (PTY) Ltd and Dataforce Trading 79 which trades as Tasima. 

The case relates to contracts for the management of a transport system called Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System (eNatis).

All suspects will appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court on July 20, 2016.