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DA: Hawks must probe Mbete bribe claims

2013-09-16 17:11

Johannesburg - The Hawks should probe claims that ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete accepted a bribe from mining company Gold Fields, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"The [mining] deal and Mbete's alleged acceptance of a bribe might be investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the justice department in the United States of America, according to media reports," DA MP James Lorimer said in a statement.

"South Africa’s investigative authorities, particularly the Hawks, have a duty to investigate corruption and serious economic offences and cannot leave this to international organisations."

The Hawks' spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said the Hawks had not received a request in this regard from the DA by Monday, but would welcome it.

"We will look at the allegation and do some homework surrounding the allegation. If we are convinced that there are elements that point to wrongdoing we will investigate it."

Empowerment deal

The Mail&Guardian reported earlier this month that Gold Fields buried a New York law firm's finding that a R25m share allocation to Mbete constituted bribery.

The law firm, which was commissioned by Gold Fields, found the mining company had increased Mbete's cut in a contentious 2010 empowerment deal in response to an alleged threat by her representative.

According to the newspaper, the deal was hatched in 2010, in response to a mineral resources department requirement that the company secure an empowerment partner for its South Deep mine.

The company was then applying for a new-order licence for the mine.

It reported that Mbete's representative Brian Mosehla had "threatened to scuttle" the deal unless Mbete was given a bigger stake.

The ANC said on Tuesday that the newspaper should retract the story and apologise to Mbete and the party.

The perception of corruption

The party said it and Mbete reserved the right to "seek legal counsel and recourse to address this libellous and defamatory act".

Lorimer said on Monday that the allegations surrounded the issue of mining, which was vital in creating jobs and driving development in South Africa.

"If our mining industry is to attract the investment it requires in order to flourish, it needs to be credible," Lorimer said.

"Corrupt activities, or even the perception of corruption, will drive away investment and threaten jobs. The industry must be clean and must be seen to be corruption free."

Comments
  • Thabang Bonang - 2013-09-16 17:29

    When Malema said ANC members have stakes in mines many laughed. However the truth always has a way of coming out.

      kalabafazi - 2013-09-16 17:47

      This while many of us struggle to have steaks in a braai.

      Thembinkosi Jozie - 2013-09-16 18:17

      No wonder they r against the nationalisation of mines

  • reggie.reginald.3110 - 2013-09-16 17:53

    Who needs a probe , (All . Natural . Corruption) !! VOTE FOR CHANGE !! ANYONE BUT ANC !!!!

  • France Modise - 2013-09-16 18:25

    Ag don't take these ones seriously.They have been unsurprisingly quite when some of their folks in the private sector were stealing money from the public purse by inflating prices and engaging in cartel behaviors.They call it collusion when in fact it is theft.I don't hear them talk about taking these thieves to court but here is a black person and they are all up in arms.

      Ian McNaughton - 2013-09-16 20:16

      It's a black person which explains why he is suddenly so quiet - which is why we don't take his race cards seriously.

  • Solly Vander Tema - 2013-09-16 18:40

    Wow baleka mbete who's next gwete or mthembu?with or without hawksanc,madonselanc the truth will come

  • Sipho Hlatshwayo - 2013-09-16 18:43

    If indeed this is true, criminal charges must be laid against her and also relinquish her post and investigate other deals she might be having. As u might find that they were also fraudulent. Really this is democrazy.

  • George Slade - 2013-09-16 19:12

    No need for a Probe : If he is ANC Mafia he is Guilty but klike them all will get off Free . What Trash this ANC lot are .

  • merickm - 2013-09-16 20:08

    I suppose the cow thought she would get away with it since the travelgate scandal, but you know what God never slumbers or sleeps!!

  • Clement Thabo Mathebula - 2013-09-16 20:10

    Who is clean at ANC? Iam not suprised knw ia madam speaker mbete

  • Tebogo William Latakgomo - 2013-09-16 20:15

    The person who also authorised the bribe should also be probed along with mbethe! I'm sick and tired of the media screening their articles to their benefits!

      Raymond Whittaker - 2013-09-16 20:22

      No one is born corrupt until some one makes them so both must be charged not just one and in politics its hard no to be corrupt as every one is offering you bribes.

      Tebogo William Latakgomo - 2013-09-16 20:32

      Agreed!

  • Theli Mashiyane - 2013-09-16 21:04

    BEE ?

  • Mpho Leopeng - 2013-09-16 21:57

    Empowerment partner has a new meaning which is ANC partner.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-09-17 06:39

    They are all untouchable and the Hawks will be told to keep their hands off. Thats how they have attained all their riches through corrupt deals and they all know that they are untouchable. Look how long we have been waiting for zuma's spy tapes, they have defied the law by not handing over and if you think they will allow anybody to dig into this matter, forget it. Only way you can get them, vote them out and then you can expose them for what they were and bring them before PROPER justice.

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