Hawks set to arrest Mathale - report

There are reports that Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale might be arrested for tender irregularities.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks reportedly have set their sights on arresting Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale in connection with tender irregularities in the province.

The Sunday Independent newspaper said Mathale is due to be charged in court alongside his long-time ally, expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and Selby Manthata and five other associates, who appeared in the Polokwane Regional Court this week.

Malema was charged with money-laundering related to his Ratanang Family Trust this week.

He is accused of receiving millions of rand from money which was solicited unlawfully from On-Point Engineering, who had misled the Limpopo roads department into get a multi-million rand tender.

It is alleged that businessmen close to Mathale have benefitted from a controversial R314 million pharmaceutical contract awarded by the Limpopo health department.

The Sunday Independent reported that the beneficiaries of the contract include Malema's cousin, Tshepo.

It also claimed that Mathale's wife Mokgadi Kgohloane and other close associates won contracts to supply school furniture and build new schools.

Meanwhile, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are said to be preparing to attach assets of all the accused who appeared at the Polokwane Regional Court this week.