- Author Jacques Pauw has expressed his shock at the raid conducted at his private office by the Hawks
- 3 Hawks officials conducted a search for secret state security files at his office on Wednesday
- Pauw said he expects to be arrested soon and issued a warning to the State Security Agency boss
The author of ‘The President’s Keepers’ which detailed how former president Jacob Zuma committed tax fraud and sold the state, Jacques Pauw, has expressed his shock with the Hawks raid on his personal office on Wednesday.
Pauw said he did not expect the raid to occur once Zuma had resigned from office and Cyril Ramaphosa had been sworn-in as president.
Three officials from the Hawks conducted a search at Pauw’s private office outside Cape Town on Wednesday. The officials were looking for secret state security files.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Pauw expects to be arrested soon and said he was prepared to be charged and to go to jail. He issued a warning to SSA boss Arthur Fraser.
"If they do plan to charge me, we are absolutely prepared. Arthur Fraser must, however, know that if we go to court, I am prepared to defend myself and that I can absolutely assure everyone in South Africa that very, very ugly things are going to come out in court about him. I'm not scared of these people."
Pauw confirmed that the search was authorised by Fraser, who he accused in his book of looting the state of millions. In the book, Pauw alleges that Fraser headed a unit within the SSA which wasted half a billion rand.
"I write in my book about several reports that I have in my possession about the investigation into this project, and after I wrote the book I was still given two more reports by the inspector-general, and that's what I suspect they were looking for. But they are not going to find anything," he said.
The author said such a raid on a journalist’s private office was unprecedented in modern South Africa and nothing of its kind had happened since 1994.
Pauw said the raid was a concerning indication of President Ramaphosa’s approach to the state capture inquiry.
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