- Suspended special director of public prosecutions, Lawrence Mrwebi, says his Bosasa bribe never got to him
- Mrwebi also denies shutting down investigations into Bosasa
- Mrwebi is accused of protecting the company from prosecution
Lawrence Mrwebi has said that the money he was supposedly paid by Bosasa never actually reached him.
The company is alleged to have paid the suspended NPA official R10 000.
Mrwebi acknowledged that he was paid the least of all Bosasa's NPA connections. Jackie Lepinka received R20 000, while boss Nomgcobo Jiba got R100 000.
"Yes, I heard that I am the cheapest of them all," Mrwebi admitted to the Commission.
Nevertheless, Mrwebi maintained that the bribe had never reached his bank account. He said that someone else must have gotten hold of the money for their own reasons.
This follows investigations into Mrwebi and Jiba's involvement with Bosasa. Allegedly, the two received bribes from the company in exchange for blocking investigations and protecting Bosasa from prosecution.
Additionally, they have been accused of providing Bosasa with information, as well as sabotaging NPA investigations.
Both Mrwebi and Jiba have since been suspended. They have both denied the allegations against them, however. Mrwebi, for example, admits that he pressurized prosecutors to drop charges against Bosasa, but says that he never personally scuttled any investigations.
Additionally, Mrwebi denied claims that he had assisted former Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi in trying to evade prosecution.
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