The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks) have weighed in on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s fear that she might be the next to be arrested by the unit, considering the fierce battle between the unit and the finance minister.
Madonsela’s fear is traced to questions sent to her by the Hawks early in the year. The defiant advocate recalled receiving an investigation notice for perjury, for an apparent discrepancy in explaining the powers of her office in two separate affidavits before a court from the Hawks.
But, to her amazement, the Hawks later denied investigating her. She however expressed worry that Finance minister Pravin Gordhan is currently going through the same plight.
Justifying her claims, Madonsela recalled that in May, the Hawks said Gordhan was not under investigation but “was only sent clarity-seeking questions” but now, he [Gordhan] is being summoned for investigation.
Going with that, she said the Hawks “owe the nation an explanation around when they say they are not investigating, what does it mean?”
Speaking after a Women’s Month lunch on Friday, the endearing public protector added:
“It worries me what is happening to Minister Gordhan. For me it is amazing but it is also worrying because they did exactly what they did to Pravin Gordhan, where they issued an advisory to the public to say they were just inquiring.
“The question I have in my mind is that will they just spring on me, one of these good days and say, ‘We have now concluded the investigation,’ when they told the world that there was no investigation.”
In furtherance, the Nkandla biggest winner said he has every reason to fear considering the present political atmosphere in the country.
However, the Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi re-assured Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Monday saying: “We said there was no investigation… There was no basis for the investigation and the docket has been closed.”