Report has emerged that South Africa’s controversial private investigator Paul O’Sullivan, who was arrested on Friday night was on his way to “expose the Zupta-led regime” to the world before the Hawks apprehended him.
Over the weekend, the forensic consultant was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport where he was handcuffed and arrested in front of his children after the family had boarded a plane to London. Confirming his arrest, Investigator Mike Bolhuis said O’Sullivan was arrested by the Hawks for allegedly for contravening the Immigration Act.
He added, “he was arrested by the Pretoria Hawks task team and other police units were involved as well. He was arrested for the immigration Act, section 26B of 1995 with the case number 42/04.”
Reports also said a task team from Gauteng was dispatched to the OR Tambo airport and on arrival the former investigator was caught with three different passports. Also, the Hawks told News24 on Sunday that O’Sullivan was arrested following a tip-off from the department of home affairs.
Meanwhile, O’Sullivan has stated that his arrest was planned, and that it followed an email he had sent to The Star two weeks ago threatening to expose the so-called “Zupta” faction allegedly influencing the country.
The Star reported that the controversial investigator made a threat two weeks ago. In one of his mails, he said: “I have just come from a top-secret meeting and an amount of R20 million has now been pledged, to be used to stop the Zupta crooks (including the infiltrated and criminalised SAA/NPA/Hawks/SAPS) in their tracks.”
“Stop me if you can,” he added.
The defiant investigator allegedly mentioned dates of his departure to London. He also revealed that the press conference’s purpose was “to tell the world that SA has been taken over by a corrupt regime of Zupta-led criminals and that the world must now boycott SA in every way possible, just like they did during apartheid, until the people run the country again”.
Speaking after his arrest, O’Sullivan said, “They arrested me in front of my children. They planned this, a Friday night, so that I would spend the weekend in jail”.
O’Sullivan’s representatives earlier released a statement on Saturday saying that the private investigator was not trying to flee from the country as had been speculated. The statement further stated that O’Sullivan was merely taking his daughters back to their school in London and he was expected to return on Thursday.
O’Sullivan had made headlines before now after his house was previously raided by the Hawks and his electronic equipment was seized.
Also, over a few months ago, he lodged complaints with police of corruption, perjury and defeating the end of justice against Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza, acting police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane and head of detectives Vinesh Moonoo.
Meanwhile, he is currently in custody at the Pretoria Central Police Station and is due to appear in Kempton Park Magistrate’s court on Monday.