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Will Mapisa-Nqakula be charged over bribery claims?

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

National Assembly (NA) Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is expected to hand herself over to police or face arrest, after losing her court bid to interdict her arrest.

Mapisa-Nqakula said, she would avail herself to the police on Wednesday with her lawyer accompanying her.  

She faces corruption charges linked to allegations she pocketed millions of rands in kickbacks during her tenure as defence minister.

Mapisa-Nqakula's criminal charges, the NPA claims, stem from bribes worth R4.55 million that she allegedly solicited and received from a defence contractor between 2016 and 2019 during the speaker's nine-year defence and military veterans ministerial tenure, which ended in 2021.

This morning, there was a strong media presence outside the Lyttleton police station where Mapisa-Nqakula was expected to arrive for police processing in the corruption investigation against her. 

Mapisa-Nqakula last week launched an urgent court bid to block her arrest, but a judge at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed her application on Tuesday.

NPA spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, refused to state when, if at all, the speaker would be arrested.

Mhanga said the Speaker had not been treated any different to others accused of corruption.

"This is not, it is open to every citizen in the country. It has happened in the past, it's just that I don't have the names of people we have extended that courtesy to before."

Mapisa-Nqakula is the latest African National Congress leader to face corruption allegations as the party prepares to fight tough national elections this year.

Recent polls suggest the party could receive less than 50% of electoral support for the first since time it came into power in 1994.