Hogan Lovells – fingered for role in State Capture - plays the victim in Parly
Hogan Lovells turned a blind eye to the looting of the tax agency. They took a fat fee and ignored the truth.Peter Hain
Hogan Lovells, a global law firm head-quartered in London and in Washington, helped State Capture and corruption take root in South Africa.
So said Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Monomiat in Parliament on Wednesday.
The law firm issued an incomplete, fatally flawed whitewash of a report, which ultimately cleared Makwakwa, despite reams of evidence to the contrary… Most damning of all, Hogan Lovells failed to include crucial evidence from the PwC report and the status of the Hawks (economic crime police) investigation in their own report.Ismail Monomiat
Hogan Lovells’ South African chairperson Lavery Modise denied wrongdoing in his testimony in Parliament.
He said the firm is being victimised by politicians and the media.
Modise says Hogan Lovells has not been tasked with investigating whether the “suspicious payments” received by Jonas Makwakwa and his partner was a crime, or evidence of tax evasion.
Its job was only to investigate whether Makwakwa’s actions amounted to “misconduct in the employment context”.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
The whole story started last year with selected leaks to the media…Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
In connecting the dots at the beginning and the end, we forgot what happened in the middle…Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
Hogan Lovells was not instructed to deal with the tax investigation…Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
We cannot ignore privilege… it wasn’t for us to breach the client’s privilege…Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
Our report is now in the public domain…Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
Sars has been a longstanding client of Hogan Lovells, for more than 15 years… Sars is still a client.Wessel Badenhorst, Hogan Lovells
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