Substantial evidence is needed to make arrests in Steinhoff case - Hawks boss

Hawks head General Godfrey Lebeya says sufficient evidence is needed in order to make arrests in the Steinhoff saga.

In June, Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the Hawks is probing multiple cases linked to the scandal. Two of the case dockets are registered at the Stellenbosch police station and one in Sandton, Johannesburg. The charges are under the Corrupt Activities Act and relate to theft, fraud, extortion and forgery, among others.

Lebeya appeared before Parliament’s Police Committee for the first time since his appointment two months ago.

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Explaining the seemingly slow progress on the matter, Lebeya says investigations need to reach a 'sufficiently mature stage' in order to pursue any arrests.

You do not just affect an arrest when the evidence is not ready to be presented in court so the moment we have concluded the investigation, we will be working with the National Prosecuting Authority so that jointly it can be decided whether the investigation has reached a sufficiently mature stage to be able to effect an arrest.

General Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks head

A complainant makes the allegations, those allegations have to be supported by evidence, that is the process that you follow to inform you that you are ready to proceed with prosecuting anybody.

General Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks head

When you are dealing with matters of fraud or the contravention of section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, you should understand that you have got to investigate. It is not just a matter of receiving information and prosecuting.

General Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks head

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