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Brian Hlongwa to be arrested for graft related to R1,2 billion in shady deals (

Former Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa is in the end expected to be arrested this week, over graft claims courting back more than a ten years.

While the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Saturday declined to remark, nicely-placed assets from inside the country’s crook justice machine this week confirmed to The Citizen that arrest warrants were issued for Hlongwa, together with various other individuals and entities.

The Citizen understands his camp has been knowledgeable, but Hlongwa on Saturday insisted he knew not anything approximately his pending arrest.

“I’ve not heard some thing,” he said.

“This be counted has been ongoing for pretty a while. Up until now, I’ve not heard anything from absolutely everyone so I can’t say whatever. It’s the 12 months 2021, I became an MEC among 2006 and 2009. There’s been investigations ever in view that then … I’m listening to this for the first time.”

In the period in-between, a City Press record from earlier this 12 months shows Hlongwa and his quickly-to-be co-accused may be going through racketeering charges.

The warrants are expected to be effected early subsequent week, and the accused to appear within the Johannesburg Regional Court.

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A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) document made public in 2018 fingered Hlongwa in allegations of graft, which is assumed to have seen a company referred to as 3P Consulting – owned with the aid of businessman Richard Payne, a known companion of Hlongwa’s – presented R1.2 billion worth of government contracts in change for presenting civil servants with kickbacks.

The house in Bryanston that former Gauteng Health MEC, Brian Hlongwa bougtht in 2007. There are diverse allegations with reference to this house such as that a corrupt courting with Health department providers enabled him to buy it, demolish it and begin rebuilding this new one. The Johannesburg High Court granted a protection order in 2014 as suspected proceeds of crime. It is claimed that Hlongwa recieved payments of around R12 million in fraudulent bills which enabled him to begin building this residence. The DA estimate that the total amount lost to corruption while he become the Health MEC can be as high as R2 Billion. Neil McCartney

According to the file, Hlongwa – who changed into on the helm of the province’s healthcare on the time – scored huge in the form of luxurious spa treatments, journeys, and a multi-million-rand deposit on an opulent Bryanston home from the dodgy dealings.

It’s taken years, but, to transport on him and he inside the intervening time has resigned from his function as MEC at the again of requires his elimination.

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Last year, 4 other senior departmental officials who have been implicated within the SIU document – Sybil Ngcobo, Mmakgosi Mosupi, Valdis Romaano and Obakeng Mookeletsi – had been arrested and charged with corruption and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

Former senior authorities officers Sybil Ngcobo, Mmakgosi Mosupi, Valdis Romaano and Obakeng Mookeletsi seem at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court in Johannesburg, 22 October 2020, on fees relating to 1.2 billion tender presented during Brian Hlongwa’s time period as Gauteng Health MEC. Sybil Ngcobo changed into released on bail of R8,000 and 3 others released on bail of R25,000. Pictures: Nigel Sibanda

They have been granted bail of numerous quantities of among R8 000 and R25 000.

Payne together with businessman Phil Austin (who have been also implicated) were supposed to be arrested at the same time but their warrants of arrest could not be executed as they have been in a foreign country.

It’s considering that been mentioned, although, that extradition strategies when it comes to Payne were underway.

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