Hawks fail to probe min­is­ter

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE DA will re­port the “in­ex­pli­ca­ble fail­ure” of the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (Hawks) to act on State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo’s al­leged links to a Chi­nese rhino poacher to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The DA was dis­mayed to learn last week that the Hawks had failed to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mahlobo and self-con­fessed crim­i­nal Guan Jiang Guang, DA chief whip John Steen­huisen said yes­ter­day.

“We will now re­port this in­ex­pli­ca­ble fail­ure to act to Ipid for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Mahlobo’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Guang was ex­posed in a doc­u­men­tary on rhino poach­ing aired by Al Jazeera news chan­nel on Novem­ber 13, 2016 as well as ad­di­tional re­port­ing by lo­cal news me­dia.

Hawks spokesper­son Brigadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi was quoted on Thurs­day as say­ing the Hawks had not even opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

Fur­ther­more, Mu­laudzi was quoted as say­ing Guang was now at large and believed to have fled the coun­try, Steen­huisen said.

“Re­mark­ably, the Hawks have seem­ingly found the time to in­ves­ti­gate Guang’s ‘mas­sage par­lour’ in Mbombela where he and Mahlobo be­came ac­quainted, at least suf­fi­ciently to have de­ter­mined that it was likely used as a brothel.

“It de­fies be­lief that the Hawks did not see it fit to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion at the high­est level of gov­ern­ment.”

On Novem­ber 14, 2016, the DA called on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to place Mahlobo on spe­cial leave pend­ing a full and proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion, specif­i­cally to avoid ma­nip­u­la­tion of this cru­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The call went un­heeded, Steen­huisen said. – ANA

PIC­TURE: NOKUTHULA MBATHA

RHINO POACHER LINK: The DA has asked Ipid to in­ves­ti­gate State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo.

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