​Hawks’ probe into Prasa on a slow track

NEWS ANALYSIS
Although the Hawks have doggedly hounded Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, they’ve only dedicated a lone investigator to handle a complex multibillion-rand fraud and corruption scandal unearthed at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

In stark contrast to the Hawks’ inadequate investigation, a formidable civil investigation team has been set up by Prasa’s lawyers, Werksmans Attorneys, and the treasury. The Prasa team consists of about three dozen lawyers and advocates, 11 information technology experts, nearly 30 forensic auditors and specialised investigators, plus several engineers.

Yet the Hawks are able to commit generous resources to dog Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the highly politicised battle raging at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) about a unit accused of conducting rogue investigations.

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