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Hawks: Investigation into high-tech spy gadget ongoing

The Hawks say they can only give more information about the 'grabber' once the investigation is complete.

FILE: The Hawks say it is too early to speculate on who may have the remaining device and what it’s being used for. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks said the investigation regarding a high-tech spy gadget is a highly sensitive matter and they can only give details once the probe is complete.

Police confirmed last week that they had recovered one of two sophisticated machines called grabbers worth more than R29 million and arrested a suspect.

The second device is believed to be in possession of private individuals.

The Hawks say it is too early to speculate on who may have the remaining device and what it's being used for.

Weekend newspaper reports indicated that corrupt police officials wanted to use the so-called grabbers to eliminate rival cigarette smugglers.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "We are very much aware that there is a lot of interest when it comes to these grabbers issue. But unfortunately there is nothing less or more to say in terms of this investigation."

Mulaudzi said giving more information could jeopardise the investigation.

"It is a very sensitive matter, and the matter is still under investigation. As such, we would not want to you know reveal much as to what is happening. Once everything has been done, I'm quite sure information will start flowing out."

He said the Hawks are working closely with police to locate the second machine.

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