The Hawks say 2020 could see several high-profile corruption cases come before the courts. This follows the arrest of former state security minister Bongani Bongo on corruption charges.
The Hawks also swooped on municipal managers allegedly involved in corruption in the Eastern Cape and North West, with more to follow.
The head of the crime-fighting body, Godfrey Lebeya, spoke exclusively to Karima Brown on the Fix saying the Hawks are close to bringing the looting of the VBS bank to trial.
“When we do the investigation, for us the political parties that may be involved is not of any essence. The political parties are not dictating to us, we look at the evidence,” said Lebeya.
Lebeya adds that fraud charges have largely been concluded but defendants are meeting with prosecutors where settlements may be reached.
Cases still on the boil are the Estina Dairy project, and corruption within rail agency Prasa.
Lebeya cannot be specific about trial dates, but 2020 looks set to be a busy year for prosecutors.
In other news – Muvhango actors pull a shocker – Shut down production over unpaid salaries
Muvhango cast and crew have downed tools and shut down production after not being paid for two months. They claim the producers of the soapie, Word of Mouth Production, owned by Duma Ndlovu, failed to pay them salaries for October and November.
The fuming cast and crew members have also threatened to leave the multi-lingual sudser and sue Word of Mouth for breach of contract if their salaries are not paid pronto. A source, who didn’t want to be named for fear of victimization, said the entire cast and crew were not paid their October and November salaries. continue reading