South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Hawks, says it is keen to continue investigations on the corruption scandal involving Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane.
The Hawks statement is a sequel to the initial position of Mabuyane who is seeking for the investigation to be halted, as pressure on the corruption scandal continues to pile on him.
SurgeZirc SA had earlier reported that Mabuyane ordered his legal counsels to stop the ongoing Hawks probe into his involvement in the R1.1 million that was siphoned off from the Mbizana municipality, in that he received payments for upgrades to his Bunkers Hill home, valued at R450,000.
Mabuyane to that effect filed a notice of motion in the Bhisho High Court against the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, the Hawks, and the Minister of Police.
Details of Mabuyane’s application according to reports reveal that he is questioning the jurisdiction of the Free State division of the Hawks investigating an Eastern Cape-based case and he believes there is a political drive behind the investigation.
It was gathered that the embattled premier is moving for the application to commence hearing on the 19th of October if no notice of intention to oppose is filed.
Speaking on the application, the legal counsel to Mabuyane disclosed that the Premier application is a conventional process of his constitutional rights and the Hawks must provide him with the information he requests as per the agreement between them which is not being honoured.
“There is a problem with this whole situation in light of the resolution of the ANC. If you are charged you must step aside, there is a huge prejudice taking place. If you are a suspect and your constitutional rights are suppressed you must go to court so that you vindicate your rights.”
However, the Hawks reiterated that it is keen to continue investigations as there will be no room for distractions.