- The Hawks have arrested 14 people implicated in corruption and government maladministration
- The unit says that more arrests will follow
- The Hawks' head also denied claims that the unit had been politicised
The Hawks have reportedly arrested 14 politicians, government officials and business people in the last month on charges relating to corruption.
Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, the head of the Hawks, says that more arrests will follow in the coming weeks.
This comes as the unit clamps down on corruption and maladministration.
The arrests were made by the Hawks' National Clean Audit Task Team. They took place in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.
Among those implicated in the corruption was eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, according to News24. Gumede has since been suspended by the ANC and faces criminal charges. She is currently out on R50 000 bail.
Lebeya says the Hawks has a team of experienced investigators working intensively on cases of government corruption. He told City Press that it was "just a matter of time" until the unit swooped in on other municipalities and other officials implicated in fraud.
Lebeya also rubbished suggestions that the Hawks wwere politicised and were serving the interests of the ANC's pro-Ramaphosa faction. He said that the unit acted "without fear, favour and prejudice", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, he said that the Hawks were not pursuing a political agenda, but were rather merely doing their job of investigating government maladministration.
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