NPA to pursue charges against Jacques Pauw?

Last week, the State Security Agency (SSA) confirmed that an investigation was underway into the possible leaking of classified information in the book.

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw at the official presentation of his latest book 'The President's Keepers' in Johannesburg on 8 November 2017. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - There is still no indication whether the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will be pursuing charges against investigative journalist Jacques Pauw on allegations made in his book The President's Keepers.

Last week, the State Security Agency (SSA) confirmed that an investigation was underway into the possible leaking of classified information in the book.

The book contains serious allegations against South African Revenue Services (Sars) and claims that President Jacob Zuma is a tax evader.

The Hawks have not yet disclosed whether they will be charging Pauw for leaking sensitive information on Zuma's alleged tax evasion but have maintained that an investigation is underway.

Last week, Pauw met with his lawyers to prepare for any eventualities following confirmation of an investigation by the Hawks.

Meanwhile, the SSA says it’s still exploring its options over whether to proceed with a court interdict to take Pauw’s book off the shelves.

The Hawks have declined to comment, saying that it’s still in the early stages of the investigation.