The Hawks and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) are searching for more suspects believed to be linked to the multi-million rand asbestos tender investigation in the Free State.

On Wednesday the Hawks arrested six suspects in the province and Gauteng, The SIU says it has been probing the R255 million contract awarded to a company by the Free State government in 2014 for the eradication of asbestos roofs on houses.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says some suspects are still at large.

Mulaudzi says, “The operation is covering three provinces, KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Gauteng, there are also five companies that are going to be charged as well and all the suspects will appear in court on Friday in Bloemfontein…”

“There is a warrant of arrest that has been issued against those suspects so if they are on the run it will have very serious implications when they apply for bail on Friday – so it’s better for them to hand themselves over…” added Mulaudzi.

Hawks arrest suspects implicated in Free State asbestos project

Meanwhile an African National Congress (ANC) senior member handed himself over at the Alberton police station East of Johannesburg on Thursday morning, following evidence presented at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry around his relationship with African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa.