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NPA dismisses claims of Gwede Mantashe’s ‘imminent arrest’

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Investigating Directorate (ID) has refuted claims that ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe’s arrest is imminent.

The article was published in the Sunday World on 16 June. 

NPA DENIES IMMINENT ARREST OF GWEDE MANTASHE 

NPA ID spokesperson Henry Mamothame said the unit does not comment on its investigations, and a misstatement attributed to its office must be corrected.

Mamothame said the ID has not decided on or discussed “the imminent arrest” of Mantashe.

“It is unclear where these comments come from, but they are not from the ID. The ID will continue to do its work without fear, favour or prejudice and should be given the space to do so without any unnecessary and unwarranted speculations,” he said. 

The ID is the same unit that is investigating former Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and former Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa who appeared in court recently.

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe. Image: Luke Daniel/The South African

COULD THE SUNDAY WORLD ARTICLE BE TRUE?

According to the publication, two of Mantashe’s allies confirmed that they are aware of plans to arrest him.

One of the alleged friends told the publication that the idea behind the arrest is to humiliate Mantashe and paint him as a corrupt individual.

“This isn’t a criminal matter but a political witch hunt,” the alleged friend told Sunday World.

Part three of the State Capture report recommended that Mantashe be investigated for “the offence of corruption” after Bosasa provided him with free security upgrades at his three properties.

The third instalment of the report also found that several ANC officials were bribed by the scandal-plagued company Bosasa, in exchange for ensuring that it had access to a string of lucrative government contracts.

Reacting to the report Mantashe said there is no prima facie evidence against him and that his legal team is looking into the report.

“I’ll take the report for judicial review. There are areas in the report that require action. My argument is that we should take it on review because you can’t have a judicial process that makes assumptions. When I give them something they say they were not convinced, we didn’t believe this. I went through the report, even on the Gama case they don’t believe what I said but they believe something else.

“If it’s a judicial process and does not listen to evidence but only makes assumptions then it needs to be reviewed judicially,” Gwede Mantashe said in 2022.

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