Wednesday, 07 October 2020 11:28

Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. 

The Hawks have distanced themselves from reports that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is going to be arrested.

This followed a report by Independent Media last night that a warrant of arrest had been issued for Magashule.

Magashule  said He has instructed his lawyers to contact the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to verify rumours of his pending arrest.

He said neither he nor his lawyers had been formally informed of plans to arrest him. However, the ANC secretary-general confirmed that he had heard a rumour there was an intention to arrest him.

But the Hawks said in a statement it viewed the report by Independent Media as a "malicious intent to undermine the integrity of the organisation".

The reports of Magashule’s arrest come after the Hawks swooped on a number of people last week in connection to allegations of state capture and evidence heard at the state capture commission.

This included Edwin Sodi, whose company was awarded a controversial R255m asbestos removal project tender, and former ANC MP Vincent Smith, who was charged for corruption and fraud related to Bosasa.

It is expected that Magashule could face charges in relation to the Vrede dairy farm matter.

The Estina case was taken to trial by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 2018 when members of the Gupta family and some of their associates were arrested but the NPA had to later drop what was seen as its hallmark state capture case. 

Nonetheless the NPA’s investigating directorate is still working on the Estina matter and looking to reinstate it. 

However, we understand that no arrest warrant has been issued for the ANC SG at any point. This is a developing story, and we’ll have more updates as they come through.