Hawks may go after one of their own
Unit will act if Jonas claims found true
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.
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