British politician Lord Peter Hain has implicated global law firm Hogan Lovells in SA’s state capture scandal and forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan supports him, saying the law firm created an enabling environment for state capture to flourish. In a 19-page letter, O’Sullivan accuses the law firm of repeatedly acting on behalf of clients, such as South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane. He say that Hogan Lovells, at Moyane’s request, was tasked with investigating the conduct of top SARS official Jonas Makwakwa. That was after the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) flagged suspicious transactions into his bank account, which allegedly amounted to R1.7m over six years. SARS used the report compiled by the law firm in an internal disciplinary hearing where Makwakwa was found to be not guilty. Hogan Lovells has previously denied any involvement in state capture. Lord Hain suggests that the firm is shielding those implicated in state capture and has asked the So...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.