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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Johannesburg - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said “harassment” by a special police unit must stop after a newspaper said he was given a new deadline of Monday to answer questions about an investigative branch within the revenue service.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks, wants information from Gordhan on what he knew about a so-called rogue unit in the South African Revenue Service that investigated political leaders and taxpayers, the Johannesburg-based Sunday Independent said, citing a letter by the police unit’s head, Berning Ntlemeza, to the minister’s lawyers.

“My attorneys have confirmed to me that no other letter has been received by their office” as of March 11, Gordhan said Sunday in an emailed statement. “I can also confirm that I am unaware of any ‘new’ letter.”

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