Jacques Pauw: Hawks found nothing significant in raid
CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw says while he's co-operated with the Hawks during their raid on his home this evening, he didn't help with the search.
Investigators obtained a warrant to conduct searches at his home in Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape.
The author of The President's Keepers says officials were apparently looking for secret documents relating to his book.
Pauw's damning book reveals details over the tax affairs of former President Jacob Zuma, including claims that he was paid a R1 million a month salary for at least four months after he became president in 2009 by a company owned by a controversial Durban businessman.
_The President's Keepers _paints a shocking picture of the corrupt cabal that assisted Zuma to gain power and then kept him there.
Pauw says three members of the Hawks’ crimes against the state unit arrived at his home just after 5pm this afternoon.
"This related to classified material and documents pertaining to the State Security Agency. The complainant in the matter seems to be State Security Agency director general Arthur Fraser,” says Pauw.
Pauw says the only thing taken by the Hawks during the two-hour search of his home were a few insignificant papers.
“They left with a few papers. Nothing significant. There were no secret documents in my office. Did they really think I would keep my documentation in my office? Because I’ve expected raids like this for quite some time.”
He says the warrant was legal and was assigned by a magistrate in Malmesbury, and he has given his full co-operation.
Pauw says while he expected this after he published his book, he didn’t think it would take place after all these months.
The Hawks say the search and seizure is related to the case opened by the State Security Agency, based on allegations Pauw made in his book.
Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “We are looking for any documentation that is related to the alleged violation of the National Strategic Intelligence Act.”
This article first appeared on EWN : Jacques Pauw: Hawks found nothing significant in raid
Covid-19 positive ER doctor Adam Barnes tells CapeTalk's John Maytham about some of the challenges on the coronavirus frontline.Read More
DA leadership hopeful Mbali Ntuli speaks to CapeTalk's Lester Kiewit about her campaign to secure the party's top position.Read More
The search continues for a missing trail runner who disappeared after going for a run along Table Mountain on Monday afternoon.Read More
Doctors are looking for 600 recovered Covid-19 patients to take part in a convalescent blood plasma trial.Read More
Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela has met with the leadership of rival taxi associations to address the deadly taxi shootings in the province.Read More
With the ECD sector now allowed to reopen, how will preschools enforce Covid-19 safety measures among the children in their care?Read More
Restauranteur Costa Carastavrakis shares his incredible story of addiction recovery with CapeTalk's Zain Johnson.Read More
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched a nation-wide court watching briefs unit as a means to put farm attackers behind bars.Read More
From 1 August FNB customers will no longer receive their bank statements via email. Refilwe Moloto finds out why...Read More
While health authorities in the province have been focused on the Covid-19 response, there's been a steep decline in the treatment of other health conditions.Read More