The City Press on Monday reported that the National Prosecuting Authorites (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) was set to serve a freezing order on Trillian, McKinsey and their associates on Tuesday for assets worth around R1.6 billion.
City Press senior journalist Abraham Mashego says the order was meant to have been served in December 2017 but the NPA has been sitting on it.
He says there are other high profile individuals who were to be arrested according to the order but the matter was somehow stalled.
Mashego confirms that the background work and intense investigations on these two companies and others that are implicated in corruption were done with the full knowledge of NPA head Shaun Abrahams.
At first I didn't believe it up until I received a confirmation and one wouldn't expect that from Shaun Abrahams but as I dug deeper I realised they were determined and this was at the time that the President was losing power and control on a number of issues.— Abraham Mashego, City Press senior journalist
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) obtained the order in the High Court in Pretoria after the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) lodged a criminal complaint against Trillian and McKinsey.
Trillian is accused of unduly benefiting to the tune of nearly R600 million while McKinsey allegedly pocketed more than a billion rand through corruption.
Saftu general-secretary, Zwelenzima Vavi says they are happy with the order that is finally going to be served to Trillian and McKinsey.
We are happy that today they are serving the order to those three companies.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
They are finally going to be facing the music. We have hit them where it hurts the most, which is in the pockets.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Vavi says although Shaun Abrahams signed off the investigation to carry on, he was forced into doing it.
He says Abrahams tried everything in his power to stall the process, saying that they had to wait for the ANC conference to conclude.
He was clearly hoping that the NDZ campaign will succeed and had it succeeded we wouldn't have had any of this, but the pressure we mounted worked.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
Now we know that he has been sitting on this allegations and evidence provided to him since 2016 - he has been refusing to act.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
We hope that this is going to be the start of a process to clean South Africa...— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu general-secretary
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