The Hawks are kwaad and have lashed out at the South African Communist Party saying they are not being used as a political tool in the probe into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The crime fighting unit is investigating Gordhan over his alleged role in creating a “rogue unit” at the South African Revenue Services (Sars).
Gordhan has denied any wrongdoing.
“The SACP alleged in a statement that the Lieutenant General Ntlemeza has a ‘new mandate’ which they claimed was to harass SACP members,” Hawks Spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said yesterday.
“The party also claimed that they overheard Lieutenant General Ntlemeza telling a ‘third party’ that the Hawks would target Madoda Sambatha of North West.
“We would like to remind the SACP that the Hawks has one mandate which is to combat, prevent and investigate all serious organised crime, serious corruption and serious commercial crime. It is puzzling that the party hides the name of the person who claimed to have overhead the alleged conversation”.
On Wednesday SACP spokesman, Alex Mashilo, said: “The conduct of the Hawks under Ntlemeza’s stewardship is increasingly leaving much to be desired, and indeed reflects politically motivated, factional and private agendas.”
Responding to the SACP, Mulaudzi said: “The office of the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has read with shock and disappointment the malicious accusations contained in a statement issued by the SACP labelled against the Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza”.
The Hawks spokesman challenged the SACP to open a case and present their evidence in court.
He added: “The Hawks do not investigate cases through the media and will at no point engage the SACP or anybody else on the individuals we are investigating.”