Daily Maverick exclusively reported on Wednesday that the Hawks and the special investigation unit of the police had arrested several key figures who were allegedly involved in state capture during the time when Jacob Zuma was president.
Among them is businessman Edwin Sodi, who over a period of ten years has been paid about R1 billion for housing projects, and is believed to have paid millions of rands to “special friends” who are now ministers and deputy ministers in the cabinet.
According to media reports, Edwin Sodi, a businessman, and Olly Mlamleli, until recently the executive mayor of the Mangaung metro, are among those already arrested.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday on various charges including corruption, fraud and money laundering.
The DA also indicated today that it would lodge a complaint against Sodi with the joint committee on ethics and members’ interests. This come after Sodi, in turn, testified before the Zondo Commission that he had paid millions of rands to ANC members, ministers, and deputy ministers.
Sodi testified that the Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, the Minister of Employment and Labor, Thulas Nxesi, the Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa, and the Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technology, Pinky Kekana, received payments from him between 2013 and 2019.
According to evidence before the Zondo Commission, he also paid R600 000 to a car dealer in Ballito for the deposit on a Range Rover belonging to another government official.
The Freedom Front Plus welcomed Wednesday’s arrests and in particular the arrest of Mlamleli.