Deputy President condemns fraud allegations, denies involvement

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Deputy President David Mabuza has denied any involvement in the alleged fraud that is said to have taken place during his time as Mpumalanga’s Premier. 
The Deputy President's office released a statement on Wednesday regarding the media coverage the arrest of about 11 people, including a current serving Member of Parliament, Bongani Bongo, received for alleged fraud.
This is said to have taken place during 2011 and 2012 in the Mpumalanga Province.
“Whilst the Deputy President confirms that the reported alleged events, fall under the period that he was serving as the Premier of Mpumalanga, he would like to categorically deny any involvement and condemn any attempt to drag his name in any form or capacity into the criminal conduct under investigation.
“The Deputy President is not aware of any investigation on him as alluded to in the media, but would co-operate with law enforcement agencies should there be questions that need his response as a person who was responsible for the province at the time, as the Premier of Mpumalanga,” his office said.
Mabuza does, however, welcome the progress made on the Special Investigating Unit’s investigation into the Mpumalanga human settlements land procurement issue.
“We welcome the progress that law enforcement agencies continue to make in the fight against corruption,” said Deputy President David Mabuza.
Lastly, Deputy President Mabuza has reached out to the public asking them not to interfere with the law and to extend their support to law enforcement agencies in doing their job by providing them with useful information that will help to speed up the investigation process.
“As stated before, the fight against corruption as we embark on the reconstruction and recovery of the economy remains central to the work of this administration,” said the Deputy President. 

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