Questions raised following raid, break-in at journalists' homes

Johannesburg, 01 March 2018 - Journalist and author, Jacques Pauw’s office was raided by the Hawks. The author says the raid leaves many questions unanswered. Video: eNCA
Journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh tweeted this photo of his door after a break-in at his house. Photo: Twitter / @PLMyburgh

CAPE TOWN - Journalist and author Jacques Pauw says he's not sure why the Hawks raided his home.

The priority crime unit carried out search-and-seize operations at the author's home in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

Officials were apparently looking for secret documents relating to Pauw's book 'The President's Keepers'.

WATCH: Inside the Hawks raid on Jacques Pauw's house

Pauw said the search was "pathetic".

"We have to find out why did they instruct the police to raid the premises of a journalist," he said.

"It is absolutely ridiculous. I expected this to happen under Jacob Zuma, not under Cyril Ramaphosa.'

Meanwhile, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh's home was broken into around the same time as a raid was taking place at Pauw’s house.

Myburgh tweeted the information last night.

Myburgh said he arrived home to find his front gate broken, some electronics and his laptop stolen.

Earlier, Saftu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted that acting spokesperson Patrick Craven’s laptop had been stolen.

Men claiming to be from SARS carried out a lifestyle audit at his home.


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