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Sars 'hostage drama' explained

Pauli Van Wyk, Mail & Guardian investigative reporter speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the alleged hostage situation that took place at Sars last week, involving employee Vloks Symington, four Hawks officials and Tom Moyane's body guard.

This was an attempt to get back an email that was mistakenly sent to Symington, it's been reported.

Van Wyk says the email originated from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) from the lead prosecutor in the Pravin Gordhan case.

The email was very innocent. It contained a list of questions for the Sars lawyer that they wanted him to answer relating to Gordhan's pension fund fraud charges...

Pauli Van Wyk, Mail & Guardian investigative reporter

According to Van Wyk, the email ended up in the hands of Brigadier Nyameka Xaba from the Hawks who then sent it to Sars's lawyer, David Maphakela.

Maphakela's response was that he could not be involved in this case due to ethical reasons. The response was sent to Sars Commissioner, Moyane, and somehow Moyane mistakenly sent it to Symington.

Somehow later in the day someone realised that there was something wrong and they needed to retrieve the email for Symington.

Pauli Van Wyk, Mail & Guardian investigative reporter

Symington bluntly refused because he immediately caught on what was happening... they kept him against his will in the board room of Sars.

Pauli Van Wyk, Mail & Guardian investigative reporter

While Symington was held against his will he managed to record what was happening. Van Wyk says in the recording Symington can be heard asking, "Why am I held against my will?".

Listen to how Sars hostage drama unfolded below:


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