'Join the dots the right way' - Hawks head to O'Sullivan

2017-02-12 18:15
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Cape Town - Private Investigator Paul O'Sullivan is using people planted in government and the media to destabilise South Africa, Hawks boss Lt-Gen Ntlemeza claimed on Sunday.

"O'Sullivan is prepared and will stop at nothing in his quest to tarnish the image of the Hawks, the integrity of the justice system and reverse all the gains the country has attained post 1994," said Ntlemeza in a statement issued by Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said that O'Sullivan's report "Join the Dots", issued in November 2016, was full of baseless accusations designed to compromise the stability of South Africa, and he should either lay charges against the individuals he names, or back off.

In the report, released through lobby group AfriForum, O'Sullivan presents a series of events he believes show that South Africa's criminal justice system has been methodically "captured".

These forces, he believes, are allegedly building a bloc against attempts to have President Jacob Zuma charged with corruption again, and to taint the credibility of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and to protect the financial interests of certain individuals, including SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni and the Gupta family, who own Oakbay Investments.

His document purports to establish a chain of events that show the methodical removal of key figures in the criminal system such as former Hawks head Anwa Dramat, "neutralising" Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, and paying former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana a R17m settlement to leave office after his inquiry into whether he was fit to hold office was called off.

"If the dots he apparently joined thus far proves some degree of criminality against certain individuals, why doesn't Paul O’Sullivan 'Join The Dots' the right way?" Mulaudzi asked on behalf of Ntlemeza.

He said the document and its "baseless accusations", sought to undermine the sovereignty of South Africa, destabilise the justice system and dent the image of the police.

'Lions led by donkeys'

"Lieutenant General Ntlemeza has asserted, if Paul O’Sullivan has any dots to join, he should do so within the ambit of the law and stop feeding the residents of this country with well-orchestrated lies through his partisan media," wrote Mulaudzi.

Asked why Ntlemeza took so long to respond to O'Sullivan's report, Mulaudzi said: ''We have been very quiet in terms of not engaging in a public space with Mr Paul O'Sullivan but he has been continually making noise.

"It came to light on Friday that there was a raid on his house and the Hawks were involved, only to find it was just a lie," said Mulaudzi.

On Friday O'Sullivan said a metro police official arrived at his home in Johannesburg, saying she was there about an alleged hit-and-run accident involving his vehicle. He said he had sold the vehicle a year ago. She left, but O'Sullivan said he had a bad feeling about the situation.

He left his home and on his way out, saw a convoy of unmarked vehicles heading to his house.

O'Sullivan said in response to Sunday's Hawks statement that many dockets had been opened, and then forwarded to the Ipid because the police refused to carry out their constitutional mandate.

"As a significant tax-payer in this country, I do not appreciate it when unlawfully appointed people, like Ntlemeza, use paid spin-doctors to assassinate my character."

He vowed to continue with his investigations, and said he believed it would eventually become clear that he is not what his critics make him out to be. He said the vast majority of police officers were "lions led by donkeys".

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