Gordhan will still be charged over 'rogue unit' - high profile source

2016-10-11 13:07
Pravin Gordhan. (File)

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Johannesburg - Just because Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and a group of ex-employees at Sars have not been charged for the so-called "rogue unit", does not mean it will not happen soon.

A high profile source close to the matter told News24 that the fact that NPA boss Shaun Abrahams spoke at length about the unit at a briefing on Tuesday, showed the Hawks and the NPA were still looking at these allegations.

Abrahams said the unit did not have the legal framework to carry out covert operations.

"The rogue unit charges are almost ready. It will be wave number two," said the source.

The National Prosecuting Authority charged Gordhan with fraud. This was related to his giving permission for former deputy Sars commissioner Ivan Pillay to go on early retirement, and then extending his contract. The source said this was because the justice sector needed a charge that would stick to Gordhan.  

"Make no mistake, the 'rogue unit' case will come."

The source said there was an urgency to lay a charge against Gordhan because of pressure being placed on current Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, the upcoming Public Protector report on state capture, and Treasury blocking questionable deals.

"It’s a timing issue. They had to go with something now and they chose what they thought was the simplest case."

Read more on:    npa  |  sars  |  shaun abrahams  |  pravin ­gordhan  |  judiciary

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