LIVE FEED: State capture inquiry - February 27, 2020
Johannesburg - The Zondo commission will shift its focus to investigating corruption in the law enforcement sector.
The commission will hear from former acting NPA head in KwaZulu-Natal Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa.
Mlotshwa was replaced by Advocate Moipone Noko who was appointed permanently in 2012 as the head of the NPA in KZN.
When former Hawks head Johan Booysen appeared at the inquiry last year he told the inquiry that Mlotshwa had faced pressure to drop the the amigos case.
Booysen also told the commission that Noko was also instrumental in dropping the charges against KZN ANC leader Mike Mabuyakhulu and a number of co-accused. The case involved fraud, racketeering and corruption charges related to a water purification tender for KwaZulu-Natal’s health department.
Another controversial decision taken by Noko was the withdrawal of charges against Colonel Navin Madhoe and businessman Thoshan Panday.
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Panday and Madhoe had been arrested as part of a police sting operation after Madhoe had tried to bribe Booysen into tampering with a police docket.
The docket was related to a 2010 investigation into Panday and his group of companies for possible corruption in the KZN SAPS procurement of accommodation for SAPS officials for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Panday had alleged booked the accommodation through his company and had inflated the prices and benefited with a profit of R60 million. Booysen said Saps had also used Panday’s company for procuring various other items.
Panday and Madhoe had been arrested for bribery and corruption.
Booysen said a few weeks after Noko took over she dropped the charges against the two. He said Noko refused to provide an explanation on her decision and also refused to return the docket to the Hawks.
The inquiry resumes at 10 am.