Hawks may go af­ter one of their own

Unit will act if Jonas claims found true

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ran­jeni Munusamy

The Hawks will not ask to cross-ex­am­ine for­mer deputy fi­nance min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas over his ev­i­dence at the State Cap­ture com­mis­sion of in­quiry that the headof its anticorruption unit tried to sab­o­tage the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Gupta at­tempt to bribe him.

The unit could in­stead em­ploy Jonas’s help to act against one of its own. Na­tional Hawks head Lt-Gen God­frey Le­beya pledged to take “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion” against Maj-Gen Zinhle Mnonopi if Jonas’s ev­i­dence that she tried to force him into sign­ing a false state­ment was found to be true.

Hawks spokesper­son Brig Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said Mnonopi was free “as an in­di­vid­ual” to con­test Jonas’s tes­ti­mony that she told him in the pres­ence of his lawyer that the po­lice wanted to “kill the case” as it was a “DA mat­ter”.

He said the Hawks was “not get­ting in­volved”.

Jonas told the com­mis­sion chair­man, deputy chief jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo, that Mnonopi had­told him“there is no case here” and pre­sented himwitha draft­state­ment­that cre­ated the false im­pres­sion that he was re­fus­ing to co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Jonas said he was first con­tacted by the then head of the Hawks, Gen Bern­ing Ntle­meza, af­ter his March 2016 public state­ment ex­pos­ing the al­leged at­tempt by one of the Gupta broth­ers to bribe him into ac­cept­ing the fi­nance min­is­ter post. Af­ter the state­ment and me­dia re­ports on the mat- ter, DA MP DavidMaynierand Cope MP Den­nis Bloem laid com­plaints with the po­lice.

Jonas said he was in­formed by Ntle­meza that Mnonopi would con­tact him re­gard­ing the case. Mnonopi phoned him on June 20 2016, in­form­ing him of Bloem and Maynier’s com­plaints. “She said she was com­ing to see me at the Trea­sury with a pre­pared state­ment. I called Mr Max Bo­qwana, my at­tor­ney, to ask him to be present at the meet­ing. Maj-Gen Mnonopi told us that this was a ‘DA mat­ter’ and that I did not want to help the DA and that they wanted to kill the case,” Jonas said.

The draft po­lice state­ment, which Jonas at­tached to his af­fi­davit, readsin part:“Dur­ing our en­gage­ment she in­formed me that I am cited as a wit­ness in both cases and for that rea­son, a de­tailed state­ment is re­quired fromme. I re­sponded to her that I am not pre­pared to sub­mit any state­ment as I neveropenedany casea­gain­stany­one and I don’t in­tend open­ing any, fur­therI’m nota wit­nessto any per­son.”

Jonas said he re­fused to sign the state­ment. In­stead, he gave them a sworn state­ment con­firm­ing his March 2016 me­dia state­ment about the al­leged bribery at­tempt.

/ Rand Daily Mail/Tiso Black­star Group

Zon­deni Sobukwe in the 1960s.

Nokutela Dube, the wife of past ANC leader John Dube.

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