O’Sullivan was on his way to 'expose Zuptas to the world' - report

2016-04-04 10:03
Paul O'Sullivan. (File, Netwerk24)

Paul O'Sullivan. (File, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Forensic consultant Paul O'Sullivan, who was arrested at OR Tambo at the weekend, was on his way to “expose the Zupta-led regime” to the world, a report has said.

O'Sullivan was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday night while he was with his family, for allegedly contravening the Immigration Act, News24 reported.

A task team from Gauteng was dispatched to the airport and on arrival the former investigator was caught with three different passports.

The Hawks told News24 on Sunday that they arrested O'Sullivan following a tip-off from the department of home affairs.

O’Sullivan though claims that his arrest was planned, and comes on the back of 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 report said that O’Sullivan was planning to reveal the information at a press conference in London on Monday.

‘Stop me if you can!’

His plan was to “tell the world” that the country had been corrupted by a Zuma-led regime, and that countries around the globe should boycott South Africa, just as they had done in apartheid.

The former top cop also claimed the Hawks waited for the exact moment on Friday to arrest him, so he could be taken in in front of his children, and that he would spend the weekend in jail.

The Daily Maverick reported O'Sullivan's email ended with a challenge to the Hawks, "Stop me if you can!", and claims the crime fighting group has "taken the bait" following his arrest.

An earlier statement issued by O'Sullivan's representatives on Saturday said he was not trying to flee the country as had been speculated, News24 reported.

"It is common cause that our client has opened criminal dockets against many senior police officers, including the acting commissioner of police, the head of the Hawks and erstwhile divisional commissioner..."

The earlier statement though made no reference to O’Sullivan’s alleged plans, and said he was merely taking his daughters back to their school in London and he was expected to return on Thursday.

He is due to appear in Kempton Park Magistrate’s court on Monday.

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