Sunday, January 16, 2022
Home NEWS Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa to appear in court more than...

Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa to appear in court more than a decade after corruption claims

Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, more than 10 years after allegations that he received kickbacks from tenders. 

An impeccable source told News24 that Hlongwa would appear in the Johannesburg Regional Court, facing multiple charges, including fraud, corruption and racketeering.

An SIU report implicated Hlongwa in wrongdoing between 2006 and 2009. 

The SIU report said it had uncovered evidence of various trips, funded by 3P Consulting, for Hlongwa and a few other department officials during 2006-2009, News24 reported.

“No evidence was obtained of Hlongwa declaring the trips or paying/reimbursing 3P Consulting for these trips,” read part of the report.

It was alleged that a friend, Richard Payne, had scored tenders worth R1.2 billion from the Gauteng Department of Health during Hlongwa’s tenure, and that the MEC had received kickbacks. 

3P Consulting was one of Payne’s companies.

In October this year, News24 reported that four other senior Gauteng health officials had been arrested in connection with the same scandal.

Payne and Phil Austin were expected to appear alongside the four on charges of corruption, but their warrants of arrest could not be executed as they are out of the country.

Since the allegations emerged, Hlongwa has denied any wrongdoing, initially claiming that the SIU report was just a ploy to embarrass the Gauteng ANC at the time.

“In October 2014, the Hawks informed me that they had issued a warrant for my arrest, again, in respect of the self-same allegations which are now summarised in the SIU report. I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks,” he said at the time.

“My legal representatives had already prepared affidavits in support of the inevitable bail application when the Hawks informed me that, at that point in time, they would not be proceeding with my arrest. I am not privy to their reasons.”

Following the arrest of the four other officials earlier this year, Hlongwa spurned calls for his arrest.

“Is it not the NPA that make decisions who to prosecute or not? Why must I be arrested. Why must I be arrested?” he told News24 over the phone.

–News24

RELATED ARTICLES

Dirty money behind Moti kidnapping

Shady money transfers. Suspected tax evasion. Sibling rivalry. Kidnapping. A multimillion-rand ransom. Double-crossing. Murder. A dramatic escape from South Africa to Dubai.

City of Joburg’s first council meeting adjourned after chaos

The City of Johannesburg's first council meeting has been adjourned to Tuesday after the meeting descended into chaos over how to vote for...

Geotechnical specialists called in as left lane of N1 highway closed due to sinkhole

The SA National Roads Agency has closed the left lane on the N1 South just before Botha Avenue in Centurion as a...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

International blesser, Serge Cabonge in trouble with the law

Self-proclaimed “international blesser” Serge Cabonge is at loggerheads with the law after he was arrested on Monday for alleged reckless and negligent...

ANC MP wants Ramaphosa hauled before Scopa over ‘misuse’ of state cash

Leaked recording alluding to state funds being used for party campaigns has MP demanding explanation from president An...

Idols SA: Somizi in, Unathi out?

Media personality Unathi Nkayi is unlikely to be part of the upcoming season of popular singing competition Idols SA. 

ANC at the centre of SABC infighting

The ongoing battle between the SABC hierarchy and its news editor in chief, Phathiswa Magopeni, has caused a storm in the public...

Recent Comments

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com