The Hawks are investigating former president Jacob Zuma for allegedly accepting a cash bribe of R1 million from a Western Cape abalone dealer to keep Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana in his job.
The City Press reported that the matter is being looked at by the Hawks’ serious corruption and serious economic offences units.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi told City Press that the Hawks were investigating the bribery claims against Zuma, Senzeni Zokwana, Sdumo Dlamini (Cosatu’s president) and agriculture department deputy director-general Siphokazi Ndudane.
The newspaper said Dlamini and Ndudane each received a R300 000 bribe from the same businessman –¬ Deon Larry – who is also a convicted child molester.
This comes after businessman Chaile Seretse deposed an affidavit to this effect at the Lyttelton Police Station in Centurion in December.
Seretse, the chief operating officer at abalone processing company Willjarro in Gaansbaai, alleges that the bribe was orchestrated by Ndudane, James Booi and Fryman Baaitjies to prevent Zuma from removing Zokwana from his Cabinet shortly after the local government elections in 2016.
Earlier this month, the NPA said Zuma is expected to face 18 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, originating from 783 questionable payments he received.