Johannesburg - Investigative journalists and authors Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh have been ordered to present themselves at a KwaZulu-Natal police station or face legal action, it was reported on Thursday.
Pauw has been in the spotlight following the release of his explosive book "The President's Keepers – Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison", which exposes, among others, an alleged plot by Zuma to quash his massive R63 million tax bill, his failure to submit his tax returns during at least the first five years of his presidency, and how Zuma kept receiving a secret monthly pay cheque from a friend despite being paid by the State as president.
Myburgh, a journalist for News24, authored the book The Republic of Gupta.
According to reports, a letter sent to their lawyer revealed that the two had been uncooperative in an investigation, despite previous undertakings to do so.
The two are then ordered to present themselves at Cluster Detective Co-ordinator of Ethekwini Outer North Colonel Govender's offices at the Durban North Police Station or a police station close to a Johannesburg airport or face legal action, News24 reported.
Pauw also confirmed in an interview with eNCA television that his attorney had received a request for him to meet with police on Monday or Tuesday.
"We don't know what the meeting is about. Anyway, we are going to cooperate," Pauw said
Police national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo meanwhile, told News24 he was unable to comment on the matter "in the public domain" due to its sensitive nature.
The latest reports come a month after members of the State Security Agency (SSA) laid a complaint at the Lyttleton police station against Pauw for contravening the Intelligence Services Act.
Additional reporting by Reuters