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Hawks probe MTN

Corruption allegations against MTN are now being investigated more closely by the Hawks.

MTN offices in Johannesburg. Picture: defenceweb.co.za

CAPE TOWN - Corruption allegations against MTN are now being investigated more closely by the Hawks.

Earlier in 2012, the Democratic Alliance (DA) wrote to unit asking about how the cellphone operator secured its Iran licence.

The U.S. district court of Columbia heard that former company boss Phuthuma Nhleko and some staff had engaged in what was referred to as "unprecedented corrupt acts".

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell Iletisim alleges that MTN bribed government officials from both Iran and South Africa back in 2004.

The company was MTN's rival in bidding for the 2004 Iranian licence.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said, "We have gone through the assessment, testing the strengths of the allegations that have been made. We have come to the conclusion that we need to do a formal investigation."