The Hawks have denied news reports claiming that one of their senior members was involved in the recent break-in and theft at the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Tshwane.
Following the news of the burglary, various news outlets reported that Brigadier Nyameka Xaba was suspected of orchestrating the crime in order to obtain very sensitive information regarding the Vlok Symington case in which he is implicated.
In October 2016, the Mail & Guardian reported that Xaba and other Hawks members had forcibly held SARS senior employee Vlok Symington against his will within a SARS board room in order to retrieve print-outs of damning emails concerning former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s corruption case.
The contents of the email showed a controversial communication between the NPA and Hawks investigative team surrounding this case.
Xaba, at the time, was lead investigator in the case against Gordhan.
According to news outlets, Xaba’s involvement in the burglary is almost certain due to the fact that one of the laptops stolen in the burglary belonged to the prosecutor handling the case against him.
Furthermore, Xaba was seen a week prior to the break-in in the offices of the NPA for unknown reasons.
The Hawks have maintained that Xaba, who is now on leave, was at the offices of the NPA on official business with regards to an unrelated matter.
The Hawks have condemned these reports as falsehoods and have requested that certain news platforms retract any articles which state otherwise.