Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) director, Jasmine Opperman, says several statements raised by the Hawks do not add up.
Hawks arrested a 33-year-old for allegedly planning to assassinate members of the Cabinet‚ state owned entities and prominent South Africans, who are perceived as state capture beneficiaries.
Opperman says it is suspicious that the Hawks say the suspect is believed to be a founding member of the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance (ASCDSA).
Now, suddenly a group or an organisation, is being mentioned that has never appeared before, which by now would be information available. It looks like a social engineering at its best.— Jasmine Opperman, TRAC director
Independent Online reports that President Jacob Zuma, four Gupta family members and ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine are among the names on the hit list of the suspect.
In a statement, the Hawks said the suspect has been recruiting donors to fund assassinations.
A person goes and asks for R140 million to execute assassinations, there could have been another intent here.— Jasmine Opperman, TRAC director
Are we seeing another case similar to the one of former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan?— Jasmine Opperman, TRAC director
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