Pikoli threatened

The Ginwala Commission, set up to inquire into the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli, says it is aware that a hacker is allegedly trying to blackmail Pikoli.

The Ginwala Commission, set up to inquire into the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Vusi Pikoli, says it is aware that a hacker is allegedly trying to blackmail Pikoli.

Commission spokesman Lawson Naidoo said the commission had been notified by Pikoli's lawyers.

Naidoo said he could not comment on whether the alleged hacking would affect the proceedings of the commission, meant to begin on Wednesday.

On Friday Pikoli's lawyers said an individual was claiming to have hacked into Pikoli's system.

"The hacker is threatening to release Pikoli's documents to the press if he is not paid," Aslam Moosajee of Deneys Reitz said.

Pikoli, pictured, would not give in to attempts to extort money from him, he said.

Moosajee warned the media against facilitating "the commission of a crime by engaging with the hacker or any information that he-she offers".

Last week the presidency reportedly launched an 11th-hour bid to prevent embarrassing confidential information behind Pikoli's suspension from being made public. - Sapa

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