A woman who alleged that Deputy President DD Mabuza was involved in an alleged conspiracy to murder a Mpumalanga businessman has been arrested.
The 31-years-old woman, reoprtedly masqueraded as the Deputy President’s niece.
She was arrested for alleged fraud, forgery and defeating the ends of justice.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the Hawks launched investigations last year in November after the suspect made surprising allegations in an affidavit, that Deputy President Mabuza was conspiring to murder an ecotourism business person.
He said the alleged incident is supposed to have happened in the police precinct of Sandton, which resulted in the opening of a criminal docket at Sandton police station.
Mulaudzi said it later became common cause that the Deputy President was not in the country at the time of the alleged offence.
“It became clear that the statement may not be truthful but a possible fabrication, including her relationship with the Deputy President,” Mulaudzi said.
Mulaudzi said an investigation team followed all leads including consultation with other government departments for verification.
He also indicated that an identification parade was held and the persons to whom the suspect made a report, who happens to be employed by a political party, positively identified her.
The suspect has further made a confession before the magistrate. She is currently in custody.