VBS: 8 suspects fingered on 47 counts, 4 already arrested

VBS: 8 suspects fingered on 47 counts, 4 already arrested

- The Hawks and NPA have addressed the media on several high-profile cases, including the VBS scandal

- Eight suspects have been fingered and four have already been arrested

- Of the four remaining suspects, three are expected to hand themselves over and one is still under quarantine after contracting Covid-19

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The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya and the National Director of Public Prosecution Advocate Shamila Batohi have briefed the media on the progress of a number of high-profile priority cases.

Among these, Lebeya and Batohi briefed media and the country on the progress of the VBS Mutual Bank case.

Lebeya confirmed that eight suspects have been fingered on 47 counts, including five counts of racketeering, 12 counts of theft, 15 counts of corruption and seven counts of money laundering and fraud.

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The DPCI head also confirmed that out of the eight suspects, the team has executed warrants of arrest for four and three other suspects are expected to hand themselves over today. The eighth suspect has contracted the Covid-19 virus and is expected to follow due process once they have recovered.

Lebeya said members of the Priority Crime Investigation team conducted simultaneous search-and-seizure operations in 10 premises in the Gauteng and Limpopo provinces.

Shamila Batohi thanked the team for their hard work since the investigation began. She added that the suspects will appear in court tomorrow.

She also added that quality investigations and prosecutions take time and patience and the NPA needs to deliver on all fronts.

Batohi added:

"Today marks a really important step in the progression of this matter. A lot of work lies ahead and the team must go through everything with a fine-toothed comb."

She said,

"The wheels of justice are turning and the rule of law will prevail."

Briefly.co.za reported that WhatsApp messages between two former VBS manager revealed a trail of money moved to EFF-linked bank accounts

The suspects will appear in the Palm Regional Court.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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