Johannesburg - The Hawks have arrested seven suspects on allegations of corruption, money laundering and fraud involving facilities management company Bosasa and the Department of Correctional Services.
Its unclear at this stage who the suspects are, but the Hawks said they are aged between 50 and 78 years old. They are expected to appear at the Pretoria Commercialised Crime Court on Wednesday.
Two of the suspects are yet to be arrested as one is overseas and another is in Port Elizabeth. The unit said warrants of arrests have been issued for the remaining suspects.
The arrests are linked to tenders that were awarded by the department of correctional services to Bosasa, now known as African Global Operations. The Hawks said in a statement on Wednesday that they had conducted an investigation and found that about R1.6 billion had been misappropriated in the procurement of services by the department of correctional services.
The suspects had allegedly received bribes in form of cash, purchasing properties, purchasing cars and other assets. The suspects also receive payments for overseas holidays.