The Hawks have confirmed that they have begun investigating the leaked Gupta emails.
In an interview with eNCA, Hawks head, Yolisa Matakata said that the information in the emails leaves the unit with no choice but to investigate.
However, Matakata said that the investigators only had access to a few of the emails – and not the hundreds of thousands available to the media houses.
This means that the Hawks have been probing charges linked to specific media reports, which are linked to some of the emails.
“With us getting that kind of information, we have to work with it. And therefore it’s through this work that we are doing, where you need to go to the various alleged departments involved or SOEs or whoever else is involved to start verifying by getting original information,” said Matakata.
“We’ve never seen the actual emails that reference is made of in the emails but we have information that speaks to some of these emails,” she said.
Mataka said it was not easy for the Hawks to investigate with the public expecting them to fail.
“It’s not easy to operate within this perception that we are captured…Hence we are really making an effort to show that, at the end, people might be taken to court,” she said.
“If we go to court just by mere allegations that come to us, again we’ll be embarrassed, because the cases will be thrown out of court.”