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Serunye wrote to RTMC lawyer Ad­vo­cate Jeremy Gaunt­let SC, say­ing: “We also don’t have any­thing that comes di­rectly from Tasima to Mr X (for­mer min­is­ter).” Abra­hams was copied in on the email.

At his first court ap­pear­ance, Nde­bele’s case was post­poned for six months for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It is un­clear whether the pros­e­cu­tion now has suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.


In his di­ary, Cloete de­tailed po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in his in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the months lead­ing to Nde­bele’s ar­rest.

He wrote on June 30 2015 that, dur­ing a meet­ing at­tended by se­nior Hawks and SIU of­fi­cials, as well as Msibi and RTMC lawyers, they re­it­er­ated their re­quest to ar­rest Nde­bele and his co-ac­cused, and if this did not hap­pen, threat­ened that the min­is­ter would in­ter­vene.

Cloete wrote: “They were in­formed about the de­ci­sion taken dur­ing the meet­ing with the pros­e­cu­tor.

“They are clearly not sat­is­fied with the feed­back given and raises pos­si­ble min­is­te­rial in­ter­ven­tion if a de­ci­sion not to pros­e­cute on the mat­ters re­ferred in my en­try dated 2015/06/26 (sic).”

Cloete fur­ther writes that Msibi and an RTMC lawyer de­manded to know why no ar­rests had been made since the SIU handed the Hawks “a fully in­ves­ti­gated file”.

“Mr Msibi was in­formed that this in­for­ma­tion is in­cor­rect and that there is not suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge any­one at this stage,” he writes.

Cloete’s di­ary states the RTMC told him that it was ap­pointed to take over the eNatis con­tract from Tasima. They also men­tion that Tasima won the civil case in the Pre­to­ria High Court, which or­dered the de­part­ment to pay it R176 mil­lion. For their ap­peal against that rul­ing, they wanted the Hawks to “ex­e­cute the ar­rest so that they can use that as ex­cep­tional circumstances”.

NOT ENOUGH EV­I­DENCE An email from in­ves­ti­ga­tor Ebrahiem Cloete to his boss, protest­ing the pres­sure he was placed un­der

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