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PARLIAMENT – The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services and the Portfolio Committee on Police met on Wednesday to be briefed by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on progress and remaining challenges in the prosecution of state capture cases.
Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public Prosecutions, and Hawks acting Head Lt General Yolisa Matakata will be presenting to the committee.They will be followed by Dr Ben Ngubane, who will discuss state capture issues related to Eskom and other parastatals.
NPA Head Shaun Abraham’s tells Parliament, contrary to Acting Hawks Head Lt Gen Matakata bemoaning his tardiness to prosecute #Guptas, he was worried about lack of manpower and progress in investigations. #StateCapture— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 7, 2018
The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation will also attend the meeting.
Speaking to the committee, Abrahams said the probe into state capture at state owned Enterprises was progressing well. He said that while a lot more work still needed to be done, he was confident of the NPA's abilities.
[WATCH] #ShaunAbrahams reads out the different legs of the #StateCapture investigation. Courtesy #DStv403— eNCA (@eNCA) March 7, 2018
LIVE VIDEO >> https://t.co/Dm0n7lIBPT , #DStv403 and #DStvNow >> https://t.co/2osAVMLs0d pic.twitter.com/L9JEfgNym8
Abrahams said that the Hawks and the NPA were working together on the state capture investigations.
He denied there were undue delay when it came to investigating the Estina dairy farm.
[WATCH] #NPA's #ShaunAbrahams says that an analysis of the #StateCapture report warranted a criminal investigation as the information contained in the report [at the time] was insufficient...— eNCA (@eNCA) March 7, 2018
Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/aNRIeqYP3P
But he accused Matakata of 'throwing him under the bus'.
DA MP and former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach said Abrahams's attack on Matakata was disgraceful. She also asked Abrahams whether he had given instruction that no investigation into Trillian should proceed until after the ANC elective congress.
Breytenbach: Lt Gen Matakata has been completely thrown under the bus by Abraham’s. It’s a disgrace. You are clearly trying to do your job. But Clearly this entire prosecution is politically driven. (Abraham’s curls brows and Matakata looks at floor. )— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 7, 2018
Matakata responded, saying she never blamed the NPA for case delays, but she affirmed that they ha delayed in approving Estina Dairy project suspects.
At the time she told the committee she didn’t understand why, because the Hawks finalised their investigation in 2017, but suspects were only arrested in February 2018.
NPA Head: Shaun Abraham’s tells Parliament, “We refute the allegations made by Lt Hen Matakata. She was misinformed. Abraham’s defending why State Capture dockets on Estina were only actioned in Feb. both in photo below. #NPA #StateCapture pic.twitter.com/4T3xrXdgsG— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 7, 2018
ANC MP Ramatlakane wants to know frm Matakata and Abraham’s why Guptas who were a clear flight risk did not have their passports confiscated in December while everyone was on leave. #StateCapture— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 7, 2018
ANC MP Ramatlakane: “it seems to me that people were helped to leave country..”#StateCapture— Annika Larsen (@AnnikaLarsen1) March 7, 2018