- Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo faces a probe by the Hawks for allegedly gifting a herd of cattle worth R1.5 million to Jacob Zuma
- The herd was originally earmarked for emerging farmers, but was allegedly delivered to Nkandla where Zuma himself signed for them
- The Hawks probe could lead to both Mahumapelo and Zuma being charged with fraud and corruption
On Sunday, the Hawks announced they would be launching an investigation into allegations that embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo gifted a herd of cattle worth R1.5 million to former president Jacob Zuma in October 2016.
The herd of cattle was originally intended to benefit emerging farmers, but was instead delivered to Zuma’s Nkandla homestead and reportedly signed for by Zuma himself. The herd is understood to consist of 24 cows and a bull.
The Hawks investigation could lead to both Mahumapelo and Zuma being charged with fraud and corruption. "There is a vast investigation that is ongoing… that includes that matter," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the cattle breeder Lucas Msiza confirmed the delivery to Nkandla. He says a company called AgriDelight instructed him to arrange for 25 of his best cattle to be delivered to Zuma.
AgriDelight has a three-year R56 million contract with the North West rural, environmental and agriculture department as an implementing agent to assist emerging farmers.
"I got an order for 25 Bonsmara cattle from my client, AgriDelight, and I was given a delivery address which happened to be Nkandla, the former president's private residence, where I must deliver them," Msiza said.
Mahumapelo faced one of the toughest weeks of his political career last week with growing calls for him to resign or be recalled by the ANC.
Mahikeng was a town in chaos for much of last week after violent protests erupted in the North West’s capital, 32 people were arrested. Calm returned after President Cyril Ramaphosa called on residents to allow the ANC to work on a solution to their concerns.
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