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Hawks: ‘Why No Action Will Be Taken Against ANCYL Leader Over Eskom Contract’

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Collen Maine speaks in an interview, in Johannesburg, South Africa January 9, 2017. Picture taken January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Sisipho Skweyiya

The Hawks have confirmed in writing that they will not be prosecuting Collen Maine, former African National Congress Youth League president, over corruption charges.

In September 2017 Natasha Mazzone, DA spokesperson on public enterprises, had laid charges against Maine, after R500 000 was paid to the ANCYL in relation to a coal contract with Eskom.

The funds had been paid by Joe Singh, from Just Coal, to Maine allegedly in anticipation of an extension being added to a coal contract with the power entity.

Despite the payment being made, the 2014 contract had been terminated in 2016. Mazzone commented that:

“In their letter to me, the Hawks state that there is ‘no reasonable prospect of successful prosecution’ because there was no corroborating evidence to support the allegations that the R500 000 was paid to the ANCYL ‘to assist in receiving a further Eskom contract’,”

Mazzone maintains that the party will not allow the ‘dubious payment’ to be ignored and promised to focus on the ‘Eskom energy crisis’ in Parliament later this week.

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Written by Mathew

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