A video of the alleged hostage drama at the South African Revenue (Sars) headquarters reveals how senior Hawks officials held Sars employee Vlok Symington against his will to retrieve a statement related to the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
According to EWN reporter following the story, Barry Bateman, in the video there is Hawks’ head of the crimes against the state unit Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, who is also investigating Gordhan's case.
Bateman says Symington gave advice to former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, who is charged along with Gordhan, when he applied for early retirement. He says the Hawks wanted a statement from Symington explaining the advice he gave.
Xaba sent an email to the Sars attorney asking them to obtain this affidavit from Symington as soon as possible.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Then Sars attorney then sent an email to Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane saying he cannot assist because of ethical reasons and he has a different view of the case against Gordhan.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Xaba set up a meeting with Symington, but mistakenly handed over a copy of the email exchange including comments by the Sars attorney in which said he could not be involved in investigation against Gordhan on ethical grounds.
We understand that's where the drama started. That's when Xaba and Hawks officials kept Symington in the office and would not let him go until they got it.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Listen to the recordings and Barry Bateman explaining the story in the audio below...