Hawks ‘not planning a swoop on eThekwini’

2011-03-08 00:00

SPOKESPERSON for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) McIntosh Polela yesterday denied any knowledge of pending arrests of senior municipal officials including city manager Mike Sutcliffe, and raids at eTthekwini municipality.

Polela called media reports about the said arrests nonsense.

A Sunday newspaper reported that the Hawks are investigating certain senior officials of the municipality, and that arrests were imminent.

The newspaper alleged that the raid and arrests would follow a damaging report into R3,5 billion in contracts issued in the past 10 years.

The newspaper further alleged that the raid and arrests were confirmed by a senior Hawks officer in Durban.

“The media reports about the eTthekwini municipality are nonsense. I don’t know of any investigation against the municipality or its officials. There is no such investigation and whoever has been feeding the media with that information was lying. That’s nonsense and there are no arrests to be made,” said Polela.

City manager Mike Sutcliffe said the media reports are defamatory and that the city reserves the right to take action against such statements.

“We have nothing to hide and we will fully co-operate with any investigation being conducted by lawful agencies. As of today my office has never been contacted by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) regarding any investigation they are conducting and which may require my assistance. I have written to the SIU to reinforce the fact that we are willing to assist in any probe and also to confirm if what so-called ‘sources’ are saying is true,” said Sutcliffe in a statement.

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