Symington, who was central to an alleged hostage drama last year at the office of Sars, was allegedly held hostage by the Hawks in October last year, shortly before the then finance minister Pravin Gordhan was charged with fraud. Symington filed papers on Thursday after he received notice of disciplinary proceedings earlier this week.
He said in an affidavit that he now faces disciplinary charges and possible dismissal for having made “protected disclosures” to the police and the Independent Investigative Directorate (Ipid) against certain Hawks officials, including Brigadier Nyameke Xabaand, for instituting grievance procedures against Moyane’s bodyguard, Tabo Titi.
These complaints relate to events at Sars head office on October 18, when he was allegedly held hostage in the boardroom by Hawks officials and Titi. They allegedly demanded certain documents from him. Symington claimed the request for information by the Hawks was directly linked to charges brought by the National Prosecuting Authority against Gordhan, former Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashula and former Sars Deputy Commissioner, Ivan Pillay.