HAWKS Boss Fired For Dishonest Travel Claims


When Mpumalanga HAWKS boss lied about his travel details, little did he know that he would be axed by higher authorities. Major General Simon Mapyane was in-charge of HAWKS, Mpumulanga province before his shocking dismissal from the body following a dishonest claim about his travel report.

Mapyane had made use of government-owned vehicles for travelling but submitted that he made use of his personal cars. He also claimed to have embarked on some trips, which was later discovered to be fictitious.

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The HAWKS is an anti-crime agency in South Africa, vested with the authority to investigate organized crime, corruption, financial crime and other related crimes. Cases handled by HAWKS are often referred by the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Recently, the body has identified with South African Airways corruption cases, together with the latest Prasa controversial business transaction.

General Simon Mapyne was shown the exit way after a disciplinary committee set up to investigate the five fraudulent charges leveled against him found him wanting. Earlier, the disciplinary committee had sat over his case and he was invited for a hearing. In the long run, the boss was found guilty of misrepresentation in his submission. He was blatantly fired with immediate effect.

Reacting to the matter, HAWKS spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi issued a statement saying, “Mapyane made five fraudulent travel claims in which he misrepresented the facts, having claimed to have used his private vehicle for official duties, where he used state vehicles, as well as having claimed for trips he did not undertake.”

Throwing his weight behind the disciplinary committee’s judgement, HAWKS National Head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza opined: “No one is above the law and the claws of the law are out to root out all corruption within our ranks.”

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HAWKS have made landmark efforts in chasing crime and corruption out of the country. Earlier this week, South Africa’s Democratic Alliance had called on HAWKS to deepen their investigation into the shady deal that gave money to president Zuma’s allies. The business transaction between the president and his Angolan friend has raised so much dust in the country. Hence, HAWKS were pulled into the case for investigation. A questionable sum of R80m was believed to have been paid to the Angolan businesswoman from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) purse for the purchase of new locomotives.

Also, HAWKS launched an investigation in South African Airways last month. The group was invited into the case, following alleged theft, fraud and corruption involving contracts, agreements, tenders, procurement and irregular closure of SAA routes in Senegal, India and Beijing allegations. Not only that, they also probed allegations of sabotage, irregular use of private investigators to spy and ask for confidential information with a view to undermining SAA operations and the safety of passengers.

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