Although it took a while to manifest, this is coming as a huge relief to the majority of South Africans who have been agitating for more thorough drilling of the highly influential and connected family. The corruption busting body made the announcement during parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday.
The ACTT was established in 2010 as a multi-departmental body to fast track high profile corruption cases and is co-chaired by the heads of the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
ACTT co-chairperson and acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata told the committee that they were dealing with a few cases that are in the “public space”‚ including state capture.
“I’d like to again raise and make sure it is understood that we are working on these matters in what is popularly referred to as state capture. We are investigating these matters in consultation with the NPA‚ although it’s cases and matters opened by various persons across the country. I would like to assure the committee and the country that we are doing these investigations‚” said Matakata.
She also told MPs that the task team was also working on what she referred to as the “Nkandla investigation”.
“As a collective we are investigating this matter where there are prosecutors that are looking into the matter. These investigations are taking place between us‚” said Matakata.
The high level ATCC delegation which appeared before Scopa included national director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams‚ SA Revenue Services head Tom Moyane and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) head Robert McBride.
Abrahams said with respect to the state capture‚ there were “seven legs to the investigation”.
“Only one of these legs are currently the subject of investigation by the ACTT. That is the Tegeta/Eskom related matter‚” said Abrahams.
Tegeta is the Gupta-linked Eskom coal supplier which was at the centre of Madonsela’s State of Capture report in 2016.