Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo has denied suggestions that the timing of the investigation and arrest of for KwaZulu-Natal MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu are politically-motivated.

Mabuyakhulu was arrested earlier this week on charges of corruption linked to a R28 million tender to hold the North Sea Jazz Festival in Durban in 2012.

Mhlongo says the provincial government referred the case to them after alleged irregularities were noticed in the tender.

“The issue of political association is not the thing that the Hawks are taking into consideration when they are investigating. Remember the Hawks mandate is to investigate serious corruption, serious organised crime, serious commercial crime without any fear or favour of who the suspects are,” explains Mhlongo.

Watch Mabuyakhulu appearing in court for tender corruption….