Hawks zero in on Deokaran murder motive


Hawks zero in on Deokaran murder motive

Among the irregularities the whistleblower red-flagged was a contract for the supply of hospital beds in Ekurhuleni

Graeme Hosken and Belinda Pheto

Cellphone messages and anonymous phone calls allegedly threatening murdered Gauteng health department corruption buster Babita Deokaran over her blocking of payments for lucrative hospital infrastructure, maintenance and supply contracts, are central to the Hawks investigation into her death.

The bail hearing of the five men arrested in connection with her death starts on Thursday. 

Sources with knowledge of investigations by the Hawks and the Gauteng government’s integrity, anti-corruption and ethics team said between July and August Deokaran received increasingly threatening messages...

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