Pillay joins Gordhan, seeks own review of Mkhwebane’s report

Former deputy South Africa Revenue Service commissioner Ivan Pillay has filed an affidavit stating that he intends to pursue a review of findings against him in a Public Protector's report he says detrimentally affects him.

In response to the report, currently being challenged by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Pillay released his affidavit in the matter between Minister Gordhan and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane on Monday afternoon.

The report makes mention of Pillay, including a finding that Pillay violated South African intelligence prescripts when establishing an intelligence unit at the tax body. The unit has come to be known as the 'rogue unit', though Gordhan, who was Commissioner of SARS at the time of its establishment, has denied that it was illegal.

The Nugent commission of inquiry into SARS similarly found no evidence that the unit was unlawful.

According to Pillay's lawyers, Werksmans Attorneys, Pillay is supporting Gordhan’s affidavit in the matter "in the interests of justice and the public".

"I intend, after consulting my lawyers, to pursue review proceedings against the Public Protector and Advocate Mkhwebane in my own right," said Pillay’s affidavit.

'Moyane required lies'

Pillay said while he associated himself with the points raised in Gordhan's founding affidavit, he hoped to raise additional facts.

Amongst other things, Pillay said former SARS head of enforcement Gene Ravele told him that he was being placed under pressure by former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane to provide "some sort of report to implicate" Pillay and Gordhan while Ravele was still under the employ of SARS.

"He (Ravele) stated that he had provided some reports to Moyane, but that Moyane was 'never happy' with the content and constantly requested him to go and rewrite these. In essence, Moyane required Ravele, under great threat, to draft lies about the unit and me," Pillay’s affidavit reads.

Pillay's affidavit also says Mkhwebane, in critical instances, failed to correctly record facts or give those she was obligated to interview for the report, including former SARS enforcement executive Johann van Loggenberg adequate opportunity to respond.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
16.88
-1.4%
Rand - Pound
20.15
-0.3%
Rand - Euro
17.05
-0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.68
-1.1%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-1.1%
Gold
1,758.04
-0.2%
Silver
19.54
-1.3%
Palladium
2,142.00
-0.1%
Platinum
915.50
-1.5%
Brent Crude
93.65
+1.4%
Top 40
64,184
+0.0%
All Share
71,011
+0.1%
Resource 10
63,890
+1.1%
Industrial 25
86,864
-0.7%
Financial 15
16,201
+0.3%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot
Government tenders

Find public sector tender opportunities in South Africa here.

Government tenders
This portal provides access to information on all tenders made by all public sector organisations in all spheres of government.
Browse tenders