Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Surrenders to Police Amid Corruption Allegations

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The Presiding Officers of Parliament, led by National Assembly Speaker Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces Chairperson, Mr Amos Masondo, held a media briefing at the Cape Town City Hall on preparations to host the State of the Nation Address #SONA2024

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Pretoria – National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula handed herself over to the authorities at the Pretoria Central Police Station and is set to appear in court this morning , following a swarm of corruption allegations surrounding her tenure as Minister of Defence.

Mapisa-Nqakula, embroiled in a controversial scandal, decided to step down from her duties in Parliament, electing to take special leave starting this Thursday. This decision comes in the wake of investigations into charges of her involvement in corrupt activities.

The governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), has publicly acknowledged the development. “The ANC will enforce its integrity and step aside policies based on the facts as they arise,” said the party in a formal statement, adhering to its policy of accountability in the wake of legal scrutiny of its members.

Amidst widespread media scrutiny and the prospect of an arrest, Mapisa-Nqakula made her position crystal clear. “As the Speaker of the 6th Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, I hold the utmost respect for our legislative system and the laws of our nation, some of which I have been privileged to pass,” she said in a dignified tone, expressing her readiness to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

Further distancing herself from official duties, the Speaker declared her non-participation in the upcoming international engagement. “I will also not be attending the long-planned 148th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly taking place in Geneva, Switzerland,” she stated, marking her withdrawal from the event.

In a candid revelation, Mapisa-Nqakula recounted how the Investigative Directorate of the National Prosecution Authority conducted search operations at her residence without a formal arrest warrant or forewarning of impending arrest. Nevertheless, her legal team has been in proactive contact with the National Prosecution Authority to ensure compliance as needed.

Her home was recently subjected to a raid by the National Prosecution Authority’s Investigating Unit as part of a broader crackdown on corruption.

The Speaker has been under fire for allegedly demanding R2.3 million in nefarious payments from defence contractors, a claim brought to light by the Sunday Times earlier this month. Despite the accusations, Mapisa-Nqakula has maintained her innocence and professed her willingness to assist the ongoing investigation.

Adding to the discourse, Clement Manyathela, the host of 702’s ClementManyathela show, broke the news about Mapisa-Nqakula’s latest legal manoeuvre. “JUST IN: Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula’s lawyer Stephen May tells me on #TheCMShow that Nqakula has launched an urgent bid to block her arrest because the NPA doesn’t have a strong case against her,” Manyathela stated, shedding light on the Speaker’s strategic legal bid to question the merits of the case held by the prosecution before any court appearance.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Elected as Speaker of National Assembly
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Elected as Speaker of National Assembly

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