Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula goes on special leave amid imminent arrest

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula


Speaker for the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has taken special leave from work following reports that she would be arrested today. This follows a raid at her house in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The Mail & Guardian (M&G) reported that Mapisa-Nqakula was expected to be arrested on Friday on corruption and money laundering charges involving roughly R4 million. Her lawyer, Stephen May, said she would hand herself over to the police in due course.

However, in a statement issued Thursday night, Mapisa-Nqakula denied any knowledge of the arrest; she said no formal notification of an arrest warrant or communication regarding her arrest was communicated to her.

“In light of recent media speculations and allegations of my imminent arrest, I wish to place it on record that while the Investigative Directorate of the National Prosecution Authority conducted a search and seizure at my residence, there has been no formal notification of an arrest warrant or communication regarding an imminent arrest for me, neither to me nor my legal team,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.Expand article logo  Continue reading

“My lawyers have, however, proactively informed the National Prosecution Authority of my readiness to comply and cooperate should the need arise,” she added.

–The South African

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