- The Hawks have moved in on Thulani Majola's LTE Consulting on Tuesday with a search and seizure operation
- The raid is linked to a R77 million Covid-19 contract for the SAPS which was awarded in April
- Both Majola and his company have become somewhat infamous for the multi-billion-rand Giyani water deal
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation moved in on Thulani Majola's Sunninghill offices on Tuesday morning in an operation aimed at his company LTE Consulting.
Officers were spotted at the offices along with what appeared to by Hawks officials, according to a report which noted that forensics officials were also on the scene.
A senior official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, explained that the seizure was linked to a R77 million contract awarded to the company earlier this year.
News24 reports that the contract was to supply the South African Police Services with three million face masks amid the Covid-19.
Majola himself was not arrested but instead questioned and his cellphone was seized, according to the report. Attempts to reach the businessman and his company were unsuccessful.
Both the man and the company have been linked to the infamous Giyani water project, which entailed a multi-billion-rand controversy.
City Press had reported three years ago that the contract, awarded by the Lepelle Northern Water Board, had seen the contract grow from R100 million to R2.2 billion after emergency procurement deviations.
This amount would later spike to R3.2 billion; despite the steep cost, the work in question remains incomplete.
Former president Jacob Zuma had signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit to probe the project which would see the unit attempting to recover over R2 billion from LTE.
Majola has been a loyal supporter of the ruling party, making regular donations to the ANC over the course of the past decade.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Police Force has announced that a 47-year-old has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Fund.
The woman was taken into custody by the Hawks on Friday morning with the SAPS commenting that:
"A 47-year-old director of a company in Malamulele has been arrested today for allegedly defrauding the Covid-19 UIF Social Relief Funds over R3 million on behalf of her former Malamulele Extended Public Works Program (EPWP) workers."
More information is expected to be released on this incident soon but citizens have applauded the authorities for clamping down during this difficult time.
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