South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks has denied claims of investigating the deputy Finance Minister, Mcebisi Jonas, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and the ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize.
Rumour in the past week had it that the investigative unit had plans to probe the above mentioned political individuals for not reporting the R600-million bribe and the offer of the Finance Minister post Ajay Gupta allegedly made to Jonas in March.
This is coming few days after the NPA withdrew its fraud and theft charges against the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan
Speaking for the Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi dismissed the public claim saying they were distortions of the fact by the media.
“How do you investigate someone who should be commended for what he has done?” Mulaudzi asked.
“As far as I know [the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act] compels anyone who may have gone through any form of corruption to report it. That report will then be given to the NPA and forwarded to us for further investigation.
“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks does not open cases; cases are referred to us for further investigation,” he added.
Mulaudzi went on to criticize the media for misleading the public on matters not based on facts. He insisted that the three ANC members were not being investigated, saying: “There is no investigation.”
Deputy Finance Minister Jonas was among the few individuals who claimed to have been offered jobs by the politically connected family, the Guptas
In March, Jonas revealed that he’d been offered the job of Finance Minister during a meeting with the Gupta family. He said he was offered office of the finance minister two weeks before Nhlanhla Nene was removed from the position.
Jonas’ comments were followed by that of the former ANC MP and parliamentary caucus chairperson Vytjie Mentor who also claimed that the Guptas had offered her a ministerial job in 2010.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela interviewed Jonas for her explosive State Capture report after he claimed the Guptas had offered him Nene’s job. He told Madonsela the family offered him R600 000 in cash at their Saxonwold home.
Meanwhile, South African Communist Party Secretary-General, Blade Nzimande has called on the SACP and South African Patriot to fight against the plundering of state resources and the use of its organs by a parasitic bourgeoisie”.
Nzimande, who is also the Higher education and Training Minister said the SAC P is “acutely aware that those who are pursuing these political agendas have no interest of our country at heart‚ but are prepared to‚ if need be‚ sink our country into a political and economic abyss in order to hide their parasitic interests‚”
But, he said, the SACP was ready to fight the scourge in the same manner as they fought in defence of Comrade Jacob Zuma some ten to thirteen years ago when we believed state organs were being used to pursue narrow political agendas.
“If we do not do so‚ all of us will be in the queue of being harassed for narrow political reasons”he said as he calls on citizens who are angry at the political issues in the country like he is.