Hawks probe Cabinet minister for drug trafficking

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has handed over a case to the Hawks regarding an allegation that a Cabinet minister is linked to drug trafficking.

According to the Sunday Independent, Madonsela made the shocking disclosure during an address to the annual international conference hosted by the Institute for Security Studies last week.

She said her office was a safe harbour for whistleblowers and that when cases were of a criminal nature rather than one of administrative misconduct she handed them over to the relevant bodies such as the Hawks.

She said her office received the complaint some time last year that a member of the executive was involved in criminality involving abetting drug lords.

She said the matter had been referred to the Hawks.

She would not however name the minister nor give further details. The Hawks spokesperson failed to respond.

Madonsela told delegates at the conference that that transparency, accountability, and the rule of law are important elements in the fight against crime.

She said these three concepts were important as transparency and accountability challenge the rule of law in society, which leads to justice, Sapa reported.

Madonsela said transparency enabled the "wrongdoings of society to be exposed".

"If people know what is happening in society they can become an enforcer and put pressure on state officials to instil justice."

Accountability was also essential in the criminal justice system.

"Accountability is an obligation to be answerable for your behaviour and decisions," Sapa quoted her as saying.

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Takalani Tpnem 2014/08/17 08:35:21 AM
Thi is shocking,this politician are rotten to the core
Runzo Runi Bobbert 2014/08/17 08:37:20 AM
This country is becoming a laughing stock. She should have given us a name mahn!!!
Made-In SA 2014/08/17 08:39:55 AM
Will it be another Mdluli case? This is exactly the reason why JZ783 wants to get rid of Mxolisi Nxasana.When he appointed the unknown lawyer he thought he could easily control him to be his stooge and puppet lke Adv Jiba. Surprise surprise Nxasana turned out independent and honest.The moment he decided to charge Mdluli,after Jiba protected Mdluli for ages,the fate of Nxasana was sealed.
Pia MacFarlane 2014/08/17 08:45:00 AM
I have always suspected that the blue light brigades are used for transporting drugs.it is the ideal means as they can't be pulled over by police.
Bruwer 2014/08/17 08:45:11 AM
Thuli Madonsela please look after yourself , I am sure your life is in danger.
Thoko Mtetwa 2014/08/17 08:45:43 AM
Reveal the name Thuli we are sick and tired of these bustards killing the nation
Zilindile Gagule 2014/08/17 08:46:57 AM
Waw Thulie i like the way you work,keep on xposing them one by one.I wouldn,t be Mr Number 2 involved in drugs,father like son and daughter like môm.Where does Jacob Zuma takes this country too,only one answer is to Hell.
Itumeleng Melton Thekiso 2014/08/17 08:50:08 AM
Tshisa Thuli! This is the only official that at least gets things done in the office on a Friday afternoon... Get Them!
Zilindile Gagule 2014/08/17 08:54:57 AM
Those who campaign for the disbandment of the Scorpions i think they see what a mess they caused in SA now.Jacob Zuma is the worse bad president globally let alone his criminal scandals.
Paradise Dube 2014/08/17 08:56:24 AM
Oh Thuli african lady,african lawyer ,the product of mamaSisulu. God is great in you ZANC is about to burst.hit them hard up until they vomit this greedy capitalists