Hawks mak­ing in­roads on high-pro­file cases

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

De­tec­tives from the Di­rec­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion are mak­ing in­roads on sev­eral high pro­file po­lice cases – from al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture and com­mer­cial crimes, to or­gan­ised crime – with some probes suc­cess­fully con­cluded, while oth­ers are await­ing ver­dicts from the courts.

This is ac­cord­ing to Hawks head Ad­vo­cate God­frey Le­beya, who re­cently briefed the Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Po­lice in the Old As­sem­bly.

The re­port to the com­mit­tee touched on cases that in­volve al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture lev­elled against the Gupta fam­ily, in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Bosasa con­tracts with the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and the VBS Mu­tual Bank loot­ing.

This up­date in­cluded the suc­cess­ful clam­p­down on the re­cent spate of vi­o­lent cash-in­tran­sit rob­beries.

“Just as an over­view, with re­gards to cash-in-tran­sit rob­beries, since Au­gust 2017 to 22 Novem­ber 2018, 284 ar­rests were ef­fected, and 214 of these sus­pects re­main in cus­tody, the oth­ers – 31 – were re­leased on bail and 52 con­vic­tions have been se­cured.

“A to­tal of 161 firearms and 116 ve­hi­cles have been re­cov­ered,” Le­beya said.

Le­beya briefed Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment on 22 se­lected cases out of a case work­load of 15 804 cases that were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by less than 2 600 Hawks mem­bers.

High-pro­file cases that are still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clude the R1.5 bil­lion VBS Mu­tual Bank mat­ter, where sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties un­law­fully made de­posits into the bank against trea­sury reg­u­la­tions. In this case, 71 state­ments have been taken.

Le­beya said that more than 610 state­ments have been ob­tained in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing the Bosasa Group of Com­pa­nies in a mat­ter dat­ing back to be­tween 2004 and 2007.

This re­lates to ten­ders that were awarded by the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices to com­pa­nies within Bosasa af­ter ser­vices were ex­tended over a pe­riod of time amid al­le­ga­tions that of­fi­cials from Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices re­ceived grat­i­fi­ca­tion from Bosasa.

The to­tal amount in­volved in the fraud, cor­rup­tion and con­tra­ven­tion of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act is R1.6 bil­lion.

Le­beya said the Bosasa in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been com­pleted.

He said ei­ther an in­dict­ment or an ar­rest would ac­com­pany the se­cur­ing of the foren­sic re­port.

GOVERN­MENT is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to crack down on fraud and cor­rup­tion.

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