ISS questions Hawks credibility over alleged assassination plot

The arrest of a 33-year-old who was allegedly planning a coup which included the assassination of 19 people in Cabinet has come under scrutiny.

Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies says a statement released by the Hawks in relation to the arrest of the suspect lacked credible facts.

Newham questioned how the suspect managed to raise R140 million from businesses to carry out this alleged attack on politicians, as mentioned in the Hawks statement.

He says perhaps the individual has a mental problem and saw this as a way to solve the world problems.

It took the Hawks 6 months to arrest him because if this was picked up 6 months ago you'd think they would jump on him, if there's any credibility to this.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Governance at the Institute for Security Studies

Newham suggest that perhaps the Hawks should have waited until they have sufficient information before going public as this could damage its reputation.

The Hawks thinks this is a credible issue but right now the information we have doesn't sound like a credible thing.

Gareth Newham, Head of Justice and Governance at the Institute for Security Studies

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