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SACP condemns raid on office of Mandela funeral saga investigator

Aug 17, 2017
SACP condemns raid on office of Mandela funeral saga investigator

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Thursday said that it has noted with concern the raiding of the Hawks office of Captain Luphumlo Lwana in East London.

Captain Lwana, a detective in the commercial crimes unit of the Hawks, was the investigating officer on the now-infamous Buffalo City Municipality Nelson Mandela funeral scandal in which millions of rands are believed to have been squandered by connected inidividuals, who took advantage of the funeral of the late former President Nelson Mandela.

He has made a name for himself for fearlessly pursuing and gathering evidence against powerful and politically-connected individuals in the province.

Apparently, many files on high-profile cases involving powerful and political figures were taken in the raid that happened last week Friday.

"This is done in the face of many unresolved fraud and corruption cases at the hands of the Hawks," said SACP Eastern Cape spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi.

"As the SACP, we refuse to believe that the raid into Captain Lwana’s office and confiscation of files of cases of political leaders and senior government officials has nothing to do with service delivery.

"We view it as the continuation of the abuse of state apparatus in general and state security forces to resolve political questions. It is one of the clear cases of the political manipulation and blatant abuse of power which we rejected during the time of the scorpions.

"We are not going to accept it now because it is the Hawks nor will we accept it tomorrow when and if these unethical conducts are committed under another name or in favour of certain corrupt political cartel."

Mdodi said that the SACP's struggle against corruption, rent seeking, abuse of state resources for factional gains is a principled struggle, which is in defence of our hard-won democracy.

"We are calling for the relevant authorities including oversight bodies to get closer to the situation and act against political protection of corrupt people regardless of the position they may be holding," he added.

"The law must be allowed to take its full course without undue political interference as part of restoring dignity and confidence to the ANC led movement."

Mdodi further said that, as the SACP, they wish to salute the stance taken by the Police, Prisons and Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) in this regard as vigilance and mobilisation of workers is a precondition for ability to defend our democracy and the rights of workers and the people as enshrined in the constitution.

"As the SACP, we commit to work with POPCRU and other worker formations in a struggle against corruption and unethical behaviour and in defence of our hard-won democracy and the rights of workers and the people," he said.