Holomisa hopes arrests of former Transnet executives indicate turning point in justice system

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United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says he hopes the charging of the five former Transnet executives this week is an indication that the wheels of justice are starting to turn.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has warned of more arrests after the five including former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Siyabonga Gama were arrested for alleged corruption on Friday.

They have also been charged with fraud, money laundering and contravening the Financial Management Act when former president Jacob Zuma was in power.

Five former senior Transnet executives appear in court 

The Palmridge Magistrate’s Court sitting in the Serious Crimes Court granted the accused bail. They will be back in court in July.

Holomisa says, however, that he finds the way the NPA handles some case very frustrating.

“People tend to be taken to court, then you have these catchy headlines which end up just like PR on behalf of the government that they are doing something. Then you never hear the end of these cases. From July, I can assure you, we will be told that maybe November, December next year, whereas if the state of the Justice Department were serious about this as well as the NPA, they would have started special courts for these commissions of inquiry,” says Holomisa.

Bail granted for former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and his six co-accused