Hawks end busy week with KZN swoop

Sizwe Sibiya

The Hawks ended a busy week on Friday by arresting four people in KZN, including an official in Premier Sihle Zikala’s office, for tender corruption in a pre-dawn raid.

The KZN government senior official, supply chain manager Nonhlanhla Hlongwa, was arrested, along with three service providers in Pietermaritzburg. They were all charged in connection with allegedly irregular catering tenders worth R20 million between 2016 and 2017.

The Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo confirmed the officials’ arrests, adding that they were all granted bail.

It’s the latest in a busy week of anti-corruption arrests:

  • On Wednesday, the Hawks arrested seven key figures including businessman Edwin Sodi, accused of looting R255 million from the Free State government.
  • On Thursday, morning former ANC MP Vincent Smith appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on charges of corruption and fraud. He pleaded not guilty.
  • On Friday, Thoshan Panday, an associate of former President Jacob Zuma, was charged with fraud, corruption and forgery for tenders he received for providing accommodation to the police during the 2010 World Cup. Charged with him is KZN police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that the Hawks are also getting ready to arrest Limpopo-based ANC politicians in relation to the looting of VBS Mutual Bank.