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Hawks investigating treason charges against Muthambi, Zwane

The priority crime investigation unit says its currently probing more than 140 corruption and state capture related cases.

FILE: Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks have confirmed that they are investigating treason charges brought by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) against Ministers Faith Muthambi and Mosebenzi Zwane.

The priority crime investigation unit says its currently probing more than 140 corruption and state capture related cases.

Outa laid the complaint in July.

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says: "The have given us many documents. These documents were directed and delivered at the office of the acting national head and they have been given to anti-commercial crime [unit]."

HIGH TREASON

In an affidavit that Outa filed with Randburg police last month, they want Zwane prosecuted on several charges including fraud and corruption.

Zwane has featured prominently in the Gupta leaks which have revealed his close ties to the controversial family and the benefits he received as a result, such as expensive holidays.

In his affidavit, Outa’s Ben Theron relies on evidence in the leaked emails to show how Minister Zwane used his official authority for ulterior purposes.

Theron sets out how Zwane promoted the establishment of a Free State dairy farm which cost the government R183 million but directly benefited the Guptas and ultimately paid for their lavish Sun City wedding.

He also explains how the minister facilitated the sale of Optimum Mine to the Gupta’s Tegeta Exploration, which was followed by coal supply contracts between the newly bought mine and Eskom.

Theron argues that Zwane committed high treason because his conduct violated, threatened and endangered the existence, independence and security of the republic.

Additional reporting by Barry Bateman.

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