Bizos worried about state of SA justice system

Advocate George Bizos says he is worried that the past events of apartheid are repeating themselves.

George Bizos addresses the media outside the Hawks Offices in Pretoria. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - Advocate George Bizos says he's worried about the state of the justice system and the future of South Africa.

Bizos was speaking outside the Hawks offices in Pretoria yesterday where former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials Ivan Pillay and Johan van Loggerenberg had been summoned to provide warning statements to detectives.

He was accompanied by several civil society organisations which believe the investigation is politically motivated.

Bizos says he's deeply concerned by recent events.

"Judge (Johann) Kriegler and I and many others have fought against apartheid for many years. We're concerned that the events of the past are being repeated."

Freedom Under Law's judge Johann Kriegler has accused the state of abusing its power against Pillay and Van Loggerenberg.

"Ruin them financially, ruin them emotionally and they have been left alone. I think they're entitled as human beings to the moral support of decent South Africans, who stand up and say enough of this, we're on your side, we're on the side of the just and the good."

Pillay and Van Loggerenberg have not been charged.

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