Former Scorpions man for Anti-Corruption?
MBABANE – Advocate Thanda Mngwengwe, South Africa’s former head of the defunct Scorpions Unit is among candidates being considered for the vacant post of Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Sibusiso Shongwe member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said candidates for the vacant posts of the Anti Corruption Commission were interviewed in May, 2012.
He said what was remaining now was the submission of the shortlisted candidate names to His Majesty the King who will make the appointment.
Asked specifically on Mngwengwe, he said he could neither deny nor confirm that he has been shortlisted for the Commissioner post.
The JSC has engaged in a process to hire people who would fill the positions of Commissioner and two Deputy Commissioners.
The positions are vacant following the death of Commissioner Micheal Mtegha who died in December 2011 and the expiry of contracts for Deputy Commissioners Lillian Xolile Zwane and Tebogo Fruhwirth.
Their contracts expired on January 31, 2012 having been appointed by His Majesty the King through a Legal Notice in January 2008
However, Zwane was reappointed to hold the ACC leadership office on temporary basis until the appointments are made.
Her acting contract expired at the end of July but was told to continue holding the fort for an unspecified period of time while the JSC continued with its search for their replacements.
Shongwe said the-re were many candidates who applied.
He said over 30 people were interviewed.
He asked not to identify the individuals who were interviewed or shortlisted.
Mngwengwe is the same man prosecuting the high profile case involving Industrial Court Judge President Sifiso Nsibande, who is co-charged with three others in connection with an alleged E11 million fraud at the Central Transport Administration (CTA). He is the former Investigative Director of South Africa’s Special Operation (Scorpions).
Mgwagwa Gamedze, Minister of Justice said he could not comment on the recruitment of the former Scorpion because the task of hiring remained with the JSC.
He said Mngwengwe has been working in Swaziland for a while having been deployed to the country around the year 2010.
The minister said he was part of Swaziland task force team that was made up of officers from KPMG company and members of the country’s justice system.
He said Mngwengwe was deployed together with three officers and their duty is specifically to assist local agencies in the fight against corruption.
He said that he was seconded to the country courtesy of a bilateral agreement on technical cooperation between the Swazi and South African government.
He also said the team was working to capacitate through skills share and transfer, local agencies like the Anti-Corruption Commission on the fight against corruption.
He said when they arrived; a task team was formed where KPMG Company was engaged together with officers from the ministry of justice.
Gamedze said the results of the team’s work were showing through corruption cases that are pending in court.
He said there were others which the team was presently investigating.
Among high profile cases he has handled in South Africa is that of Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa when he was charged with corruption and fraud.
He charged Zuma with 16 charges which included racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud.
Charges against Zuma were later withdrawn.
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