The South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the North West have welcomed Thursday's raid at Premier Supra Mahumapelo's offices.
The Hawks has seized documents relating to a fraud, corruption and maladministration case involving an estimated R160 million.
Cosatu Provincial Chairperson Solly Lekhu says
We more than welcome the decision by the Hawks to raid the offices of the premier with the aim of confiscating documents that would assist them in their investigation into a range of alleged corrupt activities taking place in the province.— Solly Lekhu, Cosatu NW Chairperson
Earlier this month, contract documents were leaked on social media, detailing payments of over R200 million made to an IT service provider by the premier’s office.
Both Lekhu and Provincial Secretary of the SACP in the North West, Madoda Sambatha, have condemned a series of polygraph tests conducted on officials as part of an investigation into the source of the leak of the documents.
Our concern is that workers are subjected to lie detector tests because they are alleged to have leaked information to the media,but we are very much concerned that the very same government have not taken any steps against an HOD who has run that department into the ground.— Solly Lekhu, Cosatu NW Chairperson
These is dealing with a process where workers are indirectly silenced.— Madoda Sambatha, Provincial Secretary of the SACP in the North West
The SACP's view is that now that the Hawks are taking formal action, we must allow a process where law enforcement agencies will not be intimidated or politically influenced.— Madoda Sambatha, Provincial Secretary of the SACP in the North West
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