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The Hawks are investigating allegations of corruption and bribery surrounding the Gold FieldsSouth Deep mine mining rights allocation controversy, writes Vicky Sidler.

The probe follows an inquiry requested by the Democratic Alliance after the party asked for a probe earlier this month. The investigation, involving ANC Chairperson, Baleka Mbete, has been confirmed by Major General Hans Meiring, head of the Hawks‘ commercial crimes unit.

Mbete, who has declined to comment on previous reports about the deal, will be investigated under the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, following reports that a R25m share allocation to Mbete allegedly constituted bribery.

“You are herewith advised that the content of your letter was read and the information is being reviewed by the directorate of priority crime investigations [Hawks] through an investigation for the purpose of determining whether there are any criminal actions, and, if so who the perpetrators are,” Meiring’s letter to the DA stated.

The DA has welcomed the investigation by the Hawks, saying “We trust that the Hawks will be afforded the opportunity to investigate without fear or favour and with the full co-operation from everyone involved,” according to James Lorimer, DA MP.

Gold Fields had conducted its own independent investigation into the deal, but the report has not been made public yet.

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