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Hawks gun for Manuel and Gordhan over Sars spy unit

Hawks gun for Manuel and Gordhan over Sars spy unit”

Late on Wednesday night, News24 reported that Manuel and Moleketi were asked to provide affidavits by Friday, explaining allegations that the so-called "Rogue Unit" within the South African Revenue Service (SARS) spied on politicians - allegations linked to "Sunday Evenings". The affidavits were ordered by a judge.

Moves are reportedly afoot by the Hawks to reinstate charges against former finance minister Pravin Gordhan. More cartoons available at jerm.co.za.

When he isn't under attack from President Jacob Zuma's sons hurling insults at him while he delivers a speech or sending him defamatory letters, Pravin Gordhan also has to ward off the ANC's Youth and Women's leagues. According to Business Day, the charges are based on the alleged bugging of the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 2007 - a project codenamed "Sunday Evenings".

Gordhan was probed a year ago on the alleged Sars' "rogue unit" but was ultimately charged with fraud in relation to former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay's early retirement.

"It is true that the Hawks have requested the pleasure of my company", Manuel said by phone.

Moleketi told Eyewitness News in a text message that he has no idea what the Hawks want from him because they didn't send a list of questions. A call to Moleketi seeking comment went immediately to voicemail.

Charges announced in October against Gordhan relating to an early-retirement payment for a tax agency official were dropped two weeks later when prosecutors decided there was no case.



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