Hawks made arrests in connection with a Free State asbestos tender.

Hawks made arrests in connection with a Free Divulge asbestos comfy.

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  • The SIU has clarified the arrests of asbestos audit comfy suspects used to be the final result of a twelve months-lengthy joint investigation.
  • Evidence heard sooner than the Zondo commission this week from various implicated businessmen and used government officials would supreme be added if relevant at a later stage.
  • The investigation by the SIU and Hawks is persevering with, with those arrested anticipated in a Bloemfontein court on Friday.

The Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) has clarified the arrests in an operation on Wednesday pertaining to to a 2014 Free Divulge asbestos audit comfy value R255 million had nothing to rep with proof heard sooner than the Zondo commission this week. 

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told News24 on Wednesday afternoon the arrests stemmed from a twelve months-lengthy investigation by the SIU, and in addition they had waited for about a of the suspects to finalise their proof sooner than the commission sooner than surroundings in motion the operation to concurrently arrest seven suspects in three provinces.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, six of the seven people implicated had been in custody, with the seventh believed to be in KwaZulu-Natal, soundless at broad, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed.

“We started the total thing in 2019. We had been ready, waiting for him to achieve sooner than the commission,” Kganyago acknowledged.

Earlier on Wednesday, he told the SABC the proclamation to compare the comfy used to be signed in 2019. The proclamation, R39 of 2019, used to be signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in June 2019 and gazetted the following month.

Kganyago added the Hawks had been “roped in” when “high ranges of criminality” was evident to SIU investigators.

“The arrests are done by the Hawks and in addition they salvage got their dangle timetable. The timetable of the Zondo commission is separate from ours. We rep the investigation, and at any level where there is an final result, we give it to the relevant law enforcement agency,” he told News24, responding to a quiz  about the doubtless chilling rep the arrests could well well even salvage on those soundless scheduled to seem sooner than the commission.

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In February 2019, the Hawks arrested used Bosasa boss-was-whistleblower Angelo Agrizzi a month after he testified sooner than the commission, in accordance with a case stemming from a 2009 SIU file spherical comfy corruption within the Division of Correctional Services and products.


Two others, every used Bosasa workers, Andries van Tonder and Frans Vorster who had moreover given proof sooner than the commission pertaining to to Bosasa corruption, had been moreover arrested along with used correctional providers and products commissioner Linda Mti and used chief monetary officer Patrick Gilingham.

News24 reported on Wednesday that Edwin Sodi, the CEO of Blackhead Consulting – one of many corporations first and foremost awarded the comfy – used to be grilled sooner than the commission over payments totalling millions of rand he made to the ANC and several Cabinet contributors, including Zizi Kodwa, Pinky Kekana and Thulas Nxesi.

Sodi acknowledged he failed to notice these payments as suspicious, and he had been assisting people he belief of as friends. 

News24 moreover reported that ousted Mangaung mayor Olly Mlamleli used to be acknowledged to be amongst those arrested.

An unnamed SACP leader told News24 the arrests would salvage a “ripple rep on many contributors the total system to the pinnacle”.


Kganyago used to be requested whether the SIU used to be firm to notice investigations to their conclusion even supposing high profile ANC leaders are implicated.

“All our investigations are allegation-based, and our outcomes are proof-based. Therefore, as lengthy as there is proof – or not it is rarely relevant who the person is – we work on the realizing that of proof, which is the motive force of what we’re doing,” he acknowledged.

“We are in a position to supreme take care of outcomes in accordance with the proof at our disposal. This investigation is persevering with, and we are in a position to be sure we unravel every segment of it.”

Investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh wrote in his guide, Gangster Divulge, that it used to be believed used Free Divulge premier Ace Magashule had purchased money from Igo Mpambani, Sodi’s accomplice on the asbestos deal and who used to be gunned down in Sandton in 2017.

News24 understands the suspects will seem in a Bloemfontein court on Friday, at which level the identities of the total arrested contributors will seemingly be confirmed.