New graft claims against Hofmeyr

2011-07-17 14:35

Cape Town - New corruption allegations have been levelled against corruption-fighter Willie Hofmeyr, the head of the Special Investigating Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), and his colleagues, the Sunday Times reported.

The weekly said National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane had referred graft allegations by billionaire Dave King against Hofmeyr to the police.

Simelane has also ordered a probe against Knorx Molelle, the head of the AFU in KwaZulu-Natal, who is part of the investigation into the Inkata case, the paper said.

The case involves fraud and corruption allegations against two senior ANC officials in the province who allegedly solicited a R1 million bribe from South American businessman Gaston Savoi in 2007 in exchange for a R45 million government tender.

The Sunday Times said prosecutors fear that the probe had angered politicians in KwaZulu-Natal, and that the NPA's reaction was part of a wider plot by Simelane against Hofmeyr and the AFU.

The King allegations follow on the heels of an investigation into Hofmeyr for allegedly misappropriating SIU funds and flouting procurement rules procedures in the awarding of a tender to refurbish the unit's offices in Silverton, Pretoria.

Hofmeyr has said he was confident of a fair and speedy investigation despite the "nasty" allegations against him.

He added: "For anybody in a position dealing with serious cases of corruption, the most common way (to derail them) is to discredit the person or institution doing the investigation."

The SIU is involved in several investigations, including fraud and maladministration cases against 16 departments and public entities.

Hofmeyr worked with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the probe into the multi-billion rand lease of police headquarters in Pretoria.

  • veld66 - 2011-07-17 14:51

    New Twist in the never ending saga of corruption in South Africa...Investigator being the Investigated.

      Wes - 2011-07-17 15:32

      Yep, divert attention away from corruption by attacking those investigating it. They did it with the Scorpions.

      Organist-1 - 2011-07-17 17:05

      Nothing new in politics as Wes also says. Used overseas and no different here. When Bush was in a hot seat he also said "if you can't find any dirt on the guy then MAKE dirt.

  • Slapper - 2011-07-17 15:05

    When your leaders are a pack of crooks, what can you expect, when you try to investigate them?

  • World Traveler - 2011-07-17 15:06

    Dog eats dog! The anc is going to disappear up it's own arse! Vote DA in the next elections!

      OZNOB - 2011-07-17 15:49

      do not worry about that as the voters will either be dead becaue os crime /aids /xenophobia etc

  • Frungy - 2011-07-17 15:14

    "Hofmeyr worked with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the probe into the multi-billion rand lease of police headquarters in Pretoria." This sentence should have been at the top of the article. It seems like anyone who touched the case that implicated Cele is suddenly being accused of corruption. I honestly don't know whether he's guilty or whether this is just an attempt by Cele to intimidate those surrounding the report into silence. If he's guilty and this is a case of Cele going, "You exposed my corruption so I'll expose yours!", then I'm worried that this will discourage other whistle-blowers from breaking ranks and exposing further corruption, but at the same time I can't give anyone who is corrupt a free pass, so they do need to be investigated, but it definitely shouldn't stop the Cele investigation. However I suspect it's just Cele trying to muddy the waters as much as possible so he can wriggle out of his charges.

  • Montblanc - 2011-07-17 15:31

    If there is one person whom I don't like as a person but respect for the work he does, it is Willie Hofmeyer. If ever there was a case of tit for tat, it is this. cele is trying to discourage anyone from showing his corrution out.

  • coconuts - 2011-07-17 15:40

    Talk about desperation at diverting attention. Truth must out

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-17 15:46


  • longgone - 2011-07-17 15:48

    Taken so long to see through Hofmeyer. The South African have Blinkers on. This guy from day one was not the correct one for the Job. Just look at the man!

      Andrew - 2011-07-17 16:01

      Explain "just look at the man", is this the new measure of someones integrity? Just look at them WTF.

      Atoombom - 2011-07-17 16:03

      So you want some black piece of sht that steal left, right and center?

      Vulcha - 2011-07-17 16:31

      If you've ever spoken to the man you'd know that he seems quite genuine and dedicated to his work. Books cannot be judged by their covers, nor by the description on the back, nor even by what the critics say.

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-07-17 16:06

    Politics is a dirty game we know, but this an evident diversion of attention from the truth. Cele is the one that should be making headlines on corruption charges and conduct. Clearly the Zuma administration is not responding swiftly against the corrupt high-ranking officials. It's not a good indicator to protect public funds and interests.

  • Bill - 2011-07-17 16:38

    Yep...Just throw back the stone that was thrown at you...!

  • Oompie - 2011-07-17 17:48

    WHAT!!!! Dave King allegations??? Anyone taking King seriously don't know him. He should have been in jail by now for all his white collar crimes. It is only the depth of his pocket that keep his legal team busy fighting to keep him out of court. If he were to be found guilty on the SARS charges the goverment will have enough money to party for the rest of the year! @longgone - I had some dealings with Willie Hofmeyr in the early 90's. He is as straight as an arrow and one of the few ANC members that has moral principles (and live by them). No, he doesn't wear Armani suits and eat sushi from half-naked women (thinking of it - Willie doesn't look much different now than when he when he took on the Security Police in the 1980's with a hunger strike and won). Go Willie!

  • John - 2011-07-17 19:24

    This smells of political interference. Specifically, of the corrupt and racist ANC type of meddling which includes throwing some mud in the hope that it may stick. It really hurts to have a white face going after black corruption. Willie Hofmeyer is a dedicated professional who gets results. However, they will fail to take him down. Again.

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