South Africa: Mrwebi 'Quashed Criminal Charges Against ANC Top Officials Involved in R144 Million Corruption Case'

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Forensic auditor Trevor White concluded his three-day testimony before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture with details of how advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, during his tenure as the national head of the NPA's Special Commercial Crimes Unit, quashed charges involving top KwaZulu-Natal ANC officials.

Parts of forensic auditor Trevor White's final day on the witness stand before the Zondo commission focused on how charges against top KwaZulu-Natal ANC officials Peggy Nkonyane and Mike Mabuyakhulu were dismissed, despite there being sufficient evidence to pursue the matters.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers auditor told the commission on Wednesday, 22 January that he, with advocate Ncedile Dunywa and other investigators, was invited to a meeting with Lawrence Mrwebi in his capacity as the national director of the Special Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCA).

"Chairman, I recall the meeting very clearly because it was very unusual. The meeting started 20 minutes late because there were problems with the air-conditioning in the building," White told the commission.

According to White, Mrwebi told the room of advocates and investigators that a decision had been taken to withdraw the charges against Mabuyakhulu.

"They just wanted to know what evidence there was against Ms Nkonyeni as they were considering withdrawing the...

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