Hawks mum on ANC leaders’ pending arrest

2011-07-12 14:23

The Hawks refused to comment on the pending arrests of two ANC senior leaders in KwaZulu-Natal today.

“We do not comment on warrants. We only comment once a person has been arrested,” said spokesman McIntosh Polela.

Yesterday, the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that warrants of arrest had been issued for KwaZulu-Natal economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni.

They face fraud and corruption charges relating to a R1 million “donation” paid by South American businessman Gaston Savoi to the ANC in 2007 in exchange for a R45 million government tender.

It is alleged that normal tender processes were bypassed to award a tender to Savoi’s company, Intaka, to supply water purification plants to hospitals and clinics in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mabuyakhulu was the ANC’s provincial treasure and Nkonyeni was the health MEC when the deal was concluded.

Today, the Congress of the People called for the speedy arrest of Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu.

“Cope demands the arrest of Mabuyakhulu and Nkonyeni before the end of the day since their warrants of arrest are already out,” said Cope chief whip Dennis Bloem.

He said law enforcers should expose people who manipulated the government tender system and should act swiftly to remove political criminals in the government.

“It is a disgrace that the ANC is trying to defend two of its senior members who face arrest for fraud and corruption,” Bloem said.
He said nobody should be above the law.

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