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Hawks confirm fraud, corruption probe into Linda Mti

Mti is the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s head of Safety & Security.

Linda Mti, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan's Safety and Security head. Picture: whoswho.co.za

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News can confirm the Hawks are now investigating fraud and corruption findings against former prisons boss Linda Mti.

This follows a nearly decade-long probe by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Mti is believed to have been key in awarding multimillion rand tenders to a company in return for financial favours when he was National Correctional Services Commissioner between 2004 and 2005.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the investigation is not focusing on specific individuals yet.

The SIU concluded its investigation in 2013 and handed it over to the Presidency.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says Mti, who was appointed as head of Safety and Security, will remain in his position until he's had his day in court.

Last week the municipality said it was aware of Mti's criminal record.

Mti was convicted of drunk driving in 2008.

Acting Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager Johann Mettler says Mti's 2008 drunk driving conviction is not as serious as other crimes, like murder.

"There is no institution in this country that can deny somebody employment purely on the basis that there is an investigation."