Deputy President David Mabuza said he has no knowledge of any investigation against him. This follows the arrest of 11 people, including a current serving Member of Parliament, Bongani Bongo for alleged fraud that is said to have taken place during 2011 and 2012 in the Mpumalanga Province.
Deputy President David Mabuza’s spokesperson Matshepo Seedat said whilst the Deputy President confirms that the reported alleged events, fall under the period that he was serving as the Premier of Mpumalanga, “He would like to categorically deny any involvement and condemn any attempt to drag his name in any form or capacity into the criminal conduct under investigation.”
The accused face 69 charges of fraud, theft, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act for defrauding the Human Settlements Department when Mabuza was premier of Mpumalanga. They appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
“We welcome progress that law enforcement agencies continue to make in the fight against corruption,” said Deputy President David Mabuza.
“The Deputy President appeals to the public to allow the law to take its course without hinderance, and should extend their support to our law enforcement agencies in carrying out their work by providing them with any evidential information that they might be aware of in order to expedite the investigation process.” Added Seedat.