Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa to appear in court more than a decade after corruption claims

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An SIU report implicated Brian Hlongwa in wrongdoing between 2006 and 2009.
An SIU report implicated Brian Hlongwa in wrongdoing between 2006 and 2009.

Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, more than 10 years after allegations that he received kickbacks from tenders. 

An impeccable source told News24 that Hlongwa would appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court, facing multiple charges, including fraud, corruption and racketeering.

An SIU report implicated Hlongwa in wrongdoing between 2006 and 2009. 

The SIU report said it had uncovered evidence of various trips, funded by 3P Consulting, for Hlongwa and a few other department officials during 2006-2009, News24 reported.

"No evidence was obtained of Hlongwa declaring the trips or paying/reimbursing 3P Consulting for these trips," read part of the report.

It was alleged that a friend, Richard Payne, had scored tenders worth R1.2 billion from the Gauteng Department of Health during Hlongwa's tenure, and that the MEC had received kickbacks. 

3P Consulting was one of Payne's companies.

In October this year, News24 reported that four other senior Gauteng health officials had been arrested in connection with the same scandal.

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Payne and Phil Austin were expected to appear alongside the four on charges of corruption, but their warrants of arrest could not be executed as they are out of the country.

Since the allegations emerged, Hlongwa has denied any wrongdoing, initially claiming that the SIU report was just a ploy to embarrass the Gauteng ANC at the time.

"In October 2014, the Hawks informed me that they had issued a warrant for my arrest, again, in respect of the self-same allegations which are now summarised in the SIU report. I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks," he said at the time.

"My legal representatives had already prepared affidavits in support of the inevitable bail application when the Hawks informed me that, at that point in time, they would not be proceeding with my arrest. I am not privy to their reasons."

Following the arrest of the four other officials earlier this year, Hlongwa spurned calls for his arrest.

"Is it not the NPA that make decisions who to prosecute or not? Why must I be arrested. Why must I be arrested?" he told News24 over the phone.

"Prosecutorial decisions are made by the NPA. Allegations have been made against me and I am not arrested. We are talking about something that happened 13 years ago. Why must I be arrested? I have nothing to say," Hlongwa said.

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