Speaker’s home raided in corruption probe

By Rorisang Modiba

The home of Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, the Speaker of the National Assembly, was raided by the Hawks on Tuesday after allegations of corruption were lodged against her.

The Hawks searched Mapisa-Nqakula’s Johannesburg home on behalf of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Investigative Directorate. She was reportedly not home during the raid. 

An investigation is underway regarding allegations that Mapisa-Nqakula received more than R2.3-million in cash from a former military contractor, BusinessLive reported. The Speaker served as minister of defence and military veterans for several years until 2021, when she assumed her current post.

Mapisa-Nqakula allegedly took cash from army supplier Umkhombe Marine, owned by Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu. 

Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu faced arrest for alleged fraud in 2020 but the charges were later dropped and she has since become a state witness against Mapisa-Nqakula.

The ongoing investigation has reached an advanced stage, with Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu accusing Mapisa-Nqakula of demanding cash through various means, including coded messages, with payments allegedly made in cash-filled gift bags. 

Despite these allegations, Mapisa-Nqakula has not been formally charged but acknowledges the ongoing investigation. She also concedes that she knows Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu. 

Pictured above: Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.

Image source: Parliament of South Africa


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