The Hawks swooped across the country on Thursday, making arrests that included prominent ANC politician Bongani Bongo in the first high-profile anticorruption sweep under the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) new leadership.

Bongo, former state security minister and now chair of the parliamentary committee on home affairs, is the first high-ranking political figure to find himself in the dock in a crackdown that is expected to widen...

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