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South Africa parliament speaker turns self in over corruption probe

South Africa parliament speaker turns self in over corruption probe
April 04
14:58 2024

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has handed herself over to the police, hours after resigning as speaker of the South African parliament on the back of a corruption probe.  

Mapisa-Nqakula was said to have arrived at a police station in Centurion, near Johannesburg, on Thursday.

She is expected to be arraigned at a Pretoria magistrate’s court.

Mapisa-Nqakula resigned as speaker of the South Africa parliament on Wednesday amid a corruption probe against her.

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She had also stepped down as a member of parliament.

“My resignation is in no way an indication or admission of guilt regarding the allegations being levelled against me,” she said in a statement.

Mapisa-Nqakula is alleged to have requested bribes in exchange for the award of contracts during her tenure as defence minister.

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She was defence minister between 2012 and 2021.

Last month, security operatives raided her home as part of the corruption investigation.

On Tuesday, she failed in a bid to prevent authorities from apprehending her.

Mapisa-Nqakula’s resignation comes weeks before next month’s election in the country.

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Political analysts say the election may prove difficult for the governing African National Congress (ANC) which has been in power since 1994.

The party has battled a series of corruption allegations in recent times. 

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