Following a run-around regarding the investigations into State Capture, a topic which has gripped the South African social, political and financial sphere quite tightly, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has hinted that certain high-profile arrests may soon be made.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday meant to address the current lack of leadership in the Hawks and Crime Intelligence departments, the minister reassured the gathered audience that investigations were soon to be brought to fruition with the imminent “priority arrests”.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit confirmed this week that it had obtained preservation orders to the value of about R1.6-billion against consulting firm McKinsey and Gupta-linked Trillian.
Minister Mbalula assured the public that all matters related to corruption are receiving due importance.
“You must not be shocked by what you see, Asset Forfeiture, whatever reports, there’s going to be bombs that are going to come in relation to this issue of corruption because if we say people are doing corruption, we’ve got to fight corruption.”
But he asked for space to allow the police to work, stating that court action will only occur when the police are certain of having a winning case on their hands.
“When we drag you to court, we must know that we’ve got a case against and that you’ve got to answer. It must not be because we’re responding to pressure. That should not be the case.”
While there have been reports of an arrest warrant for one of the Gupta brothers, this has not been confirmed by the police.
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it wants to regain the trust of the nation.
NPA officials are expected to meet with counterparts from Trillian and McKinsey today.
The authority's Luvuyo Mfaku says, “There will be a meeting between their lawyers and our officials. We’ll take the nation into our confidence after that meeting has been finalised.
“Their cooperating with the NPA, they have indicated their willingness to ensure that the matter is settled out of court.”