- The Zondo Commission has made its first arrests since its launch in August 2018
- Some of the evidence at the Zondo Commission has led to the arrest of businessman Edwin Sodi and two ANC officials from the Free State
- A senior ANC politician is also due to be arrested on Thursday, 1 October on charges of corruption related to state capture
The Zondo Commission has reportedly made its first arrests since it was launched in 2018. Businessman Edwin Sodi and two ANC officials have been arrested on Wednesday, 30 September as a result of evidence from the State Capture Inquiry.
It has been reported that Former Free State Human Settlements (FSHS) Department boss Nthimotse 'Tim' Mokhesi and former national Human Settlements director-general Thabane Zulu have been arrested by the Hawks alongside Sodi. They were nabbed for their alleged involvement in Free State’s R255 million unlawful asbestos audit project.
According to The South African, Sodi had testified on Tuesday that the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, the Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa, and the Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Pinky Kekana, received payments from him between 2013 and 2019.
TimesLive reports that a senior ANC politician is also due to be arrested this Thursday, 1 October. The publication reports that the politician will be arrested by the Investigative Directorate (ID) on charges of corruption related to state capture.
The publication's insiders said the matter related to the suspect's alleged criminal and corrupt dealings with the controversial government service provider Bosasa. The facilities management firm is estimated to have received about R12 billion in government tenders between 2003 and 2018.
Mzansi social media users have shared mixed reactions to the latest developments. Check out some of their comments below:
"The NPA promised to make an arrest before the end of September so I guess they were under pressure and are now trying to clean their image by using this champ as a sacrificial lamb in the big scale of things... This is just a smoke screen."
"I will be so happy when Mosebenzi Zwane and Ace Magashule get arrested."
"The @NPA_Prosecutes said big names and people will be arrested in September. Seems they were serious. Time to #savesa."
"Corruption is disrupting our economy in a dreadful detrimental way, thorough investigation still has to be further conducted in Free State, especially in all sections of government and the municipalities. Our officials are fulfilling their personal greed and it is killing our country!"
"Why are they scared to arrest the main kingpin Ace Magashule."
The Zondo Commission was launched by the government of Cyril Ramaphosa in August 2018 to investigate allegations of State capture, corruption, fraud and other allegations in the Public Sector including Organs of State in Mzansi.
In other politics news, Briefly.co.za reported that Herman Mashaba's Action SA has revealed that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has rejected its application for registration as a political party.
According to a statement shared by Mashaba on Twitter on Tuesday, 29 September, the IEC informed Action SA of its decision on Monday, 28 September. The former Johannesburg mayor had applied for the registration of his party earlier this month.
Mashaba revealed that the IEC’s decision is based on a "perceived similarity" with the Party of Action (POA) and the use of the South African flag in their logo.
"We have already written to the IEC, initiating our right to appeal their decision as a result of its incorrect applications of the law. We regard the IEC to have acted irrationally in their decision. We submit that our identifying features remain sufficiently different from the Party of Action, a political party that has never contested elections before despite registering."
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