More arrest to be made this week in connection to Covid-19 procurement corruption- Hawks



154 matters related to Covid-19 procurement corruption are currently under investigation.

This was disclosed by Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya.

He also added that more arrest would be made from Thursday this week.

Lebeya made this known while briefing the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, along with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

He indicated that investigations on 13 cases had already been completed.

Six criminal cases involving 19 accused are still in court.

These cases include misuse of UIF Ters funds, an attempt to defraud the Department of Social Development, fraud, theft and money laundering.

He added that 14 more cases are expected to be in court by the end of January.

Lebeya explained that Hawks were dealing with a huge influx of cases, with Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s special report on Covid-19 corruption highlighting 80,000 exceptions or illegal payments that needed to be followed up.

“The next arrest will be taking place this Thursday.”

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