CAPE TOWN: Author of the controversial book The President’s Keepers Jacques Pauw has cautioned against celebrating Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency following a raid at his home by the Hawks.
Speaking on a Johannesburg based talk radio, Power FM this morning, Pauw expressed shock by the timing of the Hawk’s raid, which happened four months after publishing his book.
He said despite the political changes in the country, he is still not convinced by the country’s law enforcement agencies.
“The old guard is very much in place. I think we have to be careful that we don’t just celebrate Ramaphosa’s rise to power without thinking about how he is going to change the police force. It is ridiculous that the state can raid the premises of a journalist.”
On Wednesday, the Hawks raided Pauw’s home in Riebeek Kasteel, in the Western Cape in search of any information deemed confidential.
Hawk’s Hangwani Mulaudzi said the investigation, into a possible breach of National Strategic Intelligence Act, began last year.
“Allegations have been made that he might be having secret documents, classified information that belongs to the state,” he said.
In his book, Pauw reveals details over the tax affairs of former President Jacob Zuma.
It alleges how the South African Revenue Services (SARS) agency dropped investigations into cigarette smuggler and fraudsters, associated with the Zuma family.
It also reveals how the former president received monthly payments of R1 million from businessman Roy Moodley in 2009, without declaring it.
Pauw has maintained his innocence saying that he has nothing to hide.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that during the investigation into my book I was given or shown an extensive amount of state security agency documentation.”
“They searched my office and in the end they took old chapters of the book. Then they took a contract that I signed with a filmmaker in January 2018.”