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South African parliament speaker takes special leave over corruption inquiry

South African parliament speaker takes special leave over corruption inquiry
Commissioner Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakul on Day 04 of the interviews for South Africa’s next Chief Justice at Park Hotel on February 04, 2022 in Sandton.Photo:Felix Dlangamandla/Daily Maverick

(Reuters) - South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Thursday that she will take special leave as a result of an investigation into alleged corruption during her time as defence minister.

Investigators raided Mapisa-Nqakula home on Tuesday as part of the corruption inquiry, but did not provide further details on the investigation or the corruption allegations.

Mapisa-Nqakula, who was defence minister from 2012 to 2021, has denied wrongdoing.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations and the attendant extensive media speculation, I have decided to take special leave from my position as Speaker of the National Assembly, effective immediately,” Mapisa-Nqakula said in a statement.

She said there has been no formal notification of an arrest warrant or communication regarding her imminent arrest, following local media reports that she was expected to hand herself over to police on Friday.

“My lawyers have, however, proactively informed the National Prosecution Authority of my readiness to comply and cooperate should the need arise,” she said.

South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster SABC reported that Mapisa-Nqakula is suspected of receiving millions of rand in cash as bribes from a former military contractor when she was defence minister.

(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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  • Gavin Knox says:

    It’s now said she is off to Switzerland for some form of business.. to claim asylum perhaps?….

  • Fuad XXX says:

    Not good enough! Will she still receive her salary after stealing from the country?

  • Gavin Hillyard says:

    This ongoing disgraceful state of affairs will only cease once the ANC are no longer in power. Can an organization so deeply corrupt and uncaring of the general populace be able to “reform”. Can a leopard change his spots?

  • Freda Brodie says:

    The honourable thing to do is resign . But no, she takes special leave. If she resigns, she won’t get a monthly pension, from what I understand. In SA you’re only guilty when a court of law says you are. No integrity !!

  • Richie Rich says:

    We are likely to be entertained by yet another spectacle of incessant legal challenges with appeal after appeal which was learnt from master litigant Jacob Zuma. 😉

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