The battle to remove Gordhan and ultimately President Cyril Ramaphosa from office is in full swing, writes Adriaan Basson.
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During proceedings, judges sought to understand how an order suspending the implementation of remedial action against Gordhan, as recommended by the Public Protector in her report, would affect the functioning of her office.
The former SARS executive at the centre of the "rogue unit" saga, Johann van Loggerenberg, says he has recorded phone calls and emails that prove EFF leader Julius Malema had asked for help with his tax affairs through his attorney at the time.
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.
The police, including the Hawks, are not aware of any complaints surrounding Project Snowman and Project Broken Arrow – two projects of the so-called "rogue unit" at the SA Revenue Service, cited as alleged evidence of wrongdoing against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Former Sunday Times senior journalist Malcolm Rees has apologised to for former South African Revenue Services executive Johann van Loggerenberg over the controversial so-called rogue unit.
Now that a court has interdicted the Public Protector's remedial action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, his legal team will be working on submissions for a court review on the report.
Judge Sulet Potterill will hand down her decision at 09:30 on whether a remedial action by Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan should be suspended.
The Legal Practice Council is expected to deliberate on whether Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane should be struck off the roll on Friday.
A court has dismissed the application of businessman Martin Wingate-Pearse who argued, in part, that he had been the victim of illegal surveillance by the so-called SARS 'rogue' unit.
Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has dismissed a Sunday Times report which claims that a major source in her report on Public Enterprise Minister, Pravin Gordhan was never a part of the South African Revenue Services 'rogue unit'.
In reaching her finding that SARS had established an unlawful intelligence service that conducted illegal spying operations, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane ignored crucial evidence that presented a far different version of events.
A trove of intelligence, documents and other datasets handed to the inspector-general of intelligence by the former head of SARS’s investigations unit in 2014, and which allegedly proves the extent and scope of the conspiracy against the taxman, has been lost.
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.
Although Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane withdrew her application to the Constitutional Court to appeal the judgment against her by Judge Sulet Potterill regarding remedial action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the court to hear it anyway.
Axed SARS boss Tom Moyane has said he does not regret investigations into the so-called 'rogue unit' and its activities.
"The judgment confirms that a review of the Public Protector's report is no more than a Constitutional entitlement that all South Africans enjoy, including Minister Gordhan," his legal team said on Monday.
Ramaphosa and Gordhan aren't perfect or above the law, but don't take South Africa down with them, says Solly Moeng.
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.
EFF leader Julius Malema has officially joined the legal wrangle between Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, filing an intervention application at the High Court in Pretoria.
A key witness that Publilc Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane quotes in her report on public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has told the Sunday Times that he was never a member of the Sars 'rogue unit'.
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