Hawks gun for Jonas
Although it is a subsidiary of SAA, Saat has its own board.
The Hawks’ Xaba and his Cats team made headlines last year when they sent 27 questions to Gordhan a few days before he was due to deliver his 2016 budget speech. The fraud charges against Gordhan were withdrawn by Abrahams late last year before he could even appear in court.
The same unit is also investigating Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema for inciting violence; Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride, former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and his Gauteng counterpart, Shadrack Sibiya, in connection with the illegal rendition of five Zimbabweans; and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan on a string of charges.
Xaba and his unit were also implicated in the alleged kidnapping of Sars executive Vlok Symington, who revealed legal advice exonerating Gordhan of any wrongdoing in the granting of early retirement to Pillay, his former deputy.