The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
"You are free to go." These were the words of Acting Judge Anthony Millar as charges were officially withdrawn against three former senior SARS officials in the so-called "rogue unit" saga.
The South African Revenue Service has labelled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's findings and remedial actions in a report into the early retirement and re-hiring of former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay as "incompetent" and "irrational".
Three former South African Revenue Service senior officials are expected back in the dock of the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan alleges in court papers that Busisiwe Mkhwebane acted with 'improper or ulterior purpose' against him in her investigation.
The secret and disputed report by the inspector-general of intelligence into the SARS investigative unit which was released by the EFF this week is a "travesty", says former deputy commissioner of SARS Ivan Pillay.
The public protector is opposing the president's request to delay implementing remedial action against Minister Pravin Gordhan over a pension payout to the former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay in 2010.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly filed an urgent court application against the public protector.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has issued her long-awaited report into Pravin Gordhan and the SARS investigative unit. News24 Investigations' Kyle Cowan compares it to other inquiries into the so-called "rogue unit" matter.
Three former SARS officials accused of being part of a project to bug the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 2007 have agreed to a request by prosecutors to postpone their case to later this year.
President Cyril Ramaphosa should set aside all Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane reports until her competency and trustworthiness has been ascertained, says Cosatu.
Charges against three former senior South African Revenue Service officials accused of involvement in the so-called rogue unit have been withdrawn.
The State's case against three former SARS officials has been postponed to February next year, to allow for new NDPP Shamila Batohi to review the decision to prosecute.
Explosive recordings of a meeting between former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane and two members of the SARS 'rogue unit' in early 2015 have revealed that Moyane knew fact from fiction from the very beginning.
The inspector-general of intelligence's (IGI) report into the SARS investigative unit was the basis on which all other adverse findings against SARS was made. But court papers now reveal how the IGI was handed evidence which was never considered.
A secret and disputed report by the Inspector General of Intelligence slams the creation of an investigative unit in the SA Revenue Service and and broadly mirrors similar Public Protector findings.
Former SARS boss Tom Moyane has weighed in on the SARS 'rogue unit' which he said investigators found to be established illegally and performed illegal activities.
Among other things, Ivan Pillay has alleged that ex SARS commissioner Tom Moyane pressured a former official to provide "some sort of report to implicate" the former deputy commissioner.
Ivan Pillay has released a statement responding to the Public Protectors finding, saying he will study the report and institute legal procedures. He added he would like his affidavit submitted to the Public Protector - in which he further lambastes its preliminary findings - to be released to the public.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has filed a scathing affidavit saying Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has revealed 'stunning incompetence, irrationality and negligence' in the performance of her duties.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan plans to institute immediate review proceedings against the Public Protector's report and findings, including the proposed remedial action.
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