Jacques Pauw says 'compromised police officer' removed from case against him

The author of ‘The President’s Keepers’ has described the Colonel Reuben Govender as ‘a pet cop’ linked to a close friend of President Zuma.

FILE: Veteran journalist Jacques Pauw, author of 'The President's Keepers', during the book launch at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria on 9 November 2017. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The President’s Keepers author Jacques Pauw says Kwa-Zulu-Natal colonel Reuben Govender has been removed from the case against him.

Pauw says Govender had demanded that he and fellow author Pieter-Louis Myburgh report to him on Wednesday in Durban but refused to say what about.

He’s described the colonel as “a pet cop” linked to a close friend of President Jacob Zuma.

Pauw says Govender had tried three weeks ago to get a warrant for his arrest in Pietermaritzburg, but failed.

“Our attorney has been engaging with him and he’s ever since refused to say why he wanted to see us and why we should report to his office. Legally, there’s absolutely no way that a police officer can tell you to report to his office.”

Pauw says just as he was about to bring an urgent application in the Durban High Court on Tuesday night to prevent Govender from arresting him, his legal team was informed that Govender had been removed from the case.

“Govender is a compromised police officer. There’s evidence that he does dirty work for Roy Moodley. There are several court judgments against Govender. There’s also pending civil cases against him, where he’s arrested people with an arrest warrant.”

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