Parties have their say on Hawks raid

2010-08-26 00:00

REACTING to yesterday’s raids and arrests in connection with massive fraud in the KZN Health Department, the South African Communist Party called on the Hawks to resist interference in its investigations to bring the perpetrators to book.

“South Africa cannot afford to become a banana republic because of the selfish interests of the few at the expense of the ser­vice delivery to the poor and decent wages for the working class,” said SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

Democratic Alliance leader in the KZN Legislature John Steenhuisen said it is strange that some people whose assets were seized were arrested while former Treasury head Sipho Shabalala was not.

KZN Congress of the People secretary Phillip Mhlongo said his party’s concern is that no politician may be arrested, pointing out that the accused former government employees did not work alone in all the corruption counts.

Young Communist League deputy national secretary Khaye Nkwanyana welcomed the “great work” by law enforcement agencies in attaching assets as a first step towards Shabalala’s arrest.

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