- The Hawks recently confirmed to a well-known media house that it was investigating the 'Heritage Fund'
- The news of the Hawks investigation follows claims made by ANC veteran Tokyo Sexwale who briefed the media on Thursday
- Katleho Mogale of the Hawks confirmed that a case had been opened a few weeks back but details could not be divulged at this time
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has confirmed that it was investigating the alleged Heritage Fund after claims were made by Tokyo Sexwale. Sexwale briefed the media on Thursday about the fund and other claims.
According to a recent report, Katleho Mogale of the Hawks stated that a case was opened a few weeks back. Mogale stated that it was 'too early' to speculate any role players and it is not a norm for the Hawks to reveal names of suspects or persons of interests.
Mogale added that the Hawks don't generally give names out until allegations are investigated properly and have appeared before a court.
According to EWN, Sexwale insisted that his version of what had occurred regarding the fund was true but did not give any further details or show any proof. When asked for a case number from journalists, Sexwale did not provide one.
IOL reported that the anti-apartheid activist stood firmly behind his claims that billions of brands in donor funds were stolen from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and given out to 18 local commercial banks.
Sexwale gave the media a lesson about the local commercial banks during his briefing.
Briefly News previously reported on Sexwale shortly after his lengthy media briefing. According to Sexwale, the fund was created to support plans former president Jacob Zuma announced regarding infrastructure improvement and education projects in 2017.
The businessman and ANC veteran also claimed that the money had been stolen from the Reserve Bank and distributed to 18 commercial banks within South Africa. Sexwale allegedly made the existence of the fund known to the ANC in 2019.
When Briefly News contacted the National Treasury asking if they took Sexwale's claims seriously. They referred back to the statement they issued on social media.
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