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Breaking News: Hawks arrest alleged masterminds in R255m Free State asbestos audit scandal



State Capture commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The DPCI, or Hawks, on Wednesday arrested two people in connection with a controversial 2014’s R255-million million illegal audit contract.

The spokesman for the hawks in the “Free State” confirmed the arrests, but did not confirm the identities of those involved.

The arrests were made by Hawks as part of a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement officers. An official announcement from the team is expected this afternoon.

More arrests are expected, according to the spokesperson.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told eNCA earlier on Wednesday that the operation was aimed at arresting seven suspects in total, in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.

About The State capture inquiry

Blackhead Consulting CEO Edwin Sodi made his second appearance before the Zondo commission into allegations of state capture this week to give evidence on a handful of suspicious payments to high-profile politicians and government staffers from his company.

This included Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa, who was the ANC’s spokesperson at the . Sodi claimed the payments were favours for his friends and were not intended to secure contracts.

Former head of the Free State human settlements department Nthimotse Mokhesi also testified this week before the commission that he received more than R600 000 from Sodi’s company.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane previously found that only an estimated R21 million was actually spent on the audit itself.

Journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh wrote in his book Gangster State that former Free State premier and current ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule, was also believed to have received money from one of the main players in the asbestos deal, Igo Mpambani, who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017.

Mpambani’s company, Diamond Hill Trading, and Blackhead Consulting formed a joint venture and subcontracted the audit work to another company.

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