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Cape Town - The Hawks have launched an initial probe into whether a R28.6 million share allocation from Gold Fields to ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete constituted a bribe, Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko has confirmed.
This follows a DA request for an investigation under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.
“We have not opened an official case. There is a complaint brought to our attention. We are busy with an inquiry and are working on it to satisfy ourselves if there is anything to pursue. If we pick up anything… then we’ll take it to the director of public prosecutions for a decision,” Ramaloko said.
If the DPP gave the go-ahead, the Hawks would investigate and take the matter to court.
DA MP James Lorimer said: “The DA recognises the vital role mining plays in our economy, our development and in creating jobs. To ensure the industry continues to attract the required investment, it needs to be corruption-free.”
The DA’s request for a Hawks probe followed a Mail & Guardian report on a R28.6m stake Mbete allegedly received as part of a BEE deal at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine. It said an American law firm believed it constituted a bribe.
ANC spokesmen Jackson Mthembu and Brian Sokutu could not be reached.